Archive for February 26th, 2007

Hold On


I just heard something on the radio so outlandish and infuriating I think I must have misunderstood. I’m hoping, anyway:

Apparently, rape victims in Missouri are billed for their rape kits. They have to pay for their evidence collection.

Could this be true…?

THIRD EDIT: From Senator Michael Gibbons’ website:

“Imagine how you would feel if your home were burglarized and you were told you would have to pay for the evidence collection necessary to identify, arrest, and prosecute the burglar. That’s what happens to rape victims,” Bennett [Barbara Bennett, Executive Director of Women’s Support and Community Services in St. Louis] said. “I am very grateful to Sen. Gibbons for sponsoring this important legislation. I hope people will pick up their phones today and call their State Senators and Representatives to urge them to vote for this bill.”

SECOND EDIT: Warren Ellis passed along this link and message from Steven Perez:

Yep, Kelly Sue is right. In fact, there’s a bill up in the state senate right now concerning this:

EDITED TO ADD: I haven’t found a definitive answer to my question yet, but I did find this bit, which appears to be from a Truman State University newspaper in 2003:

An added challenge is that rape
victims have to pay for the evidence
to be collected when they report the
crime, LeBaron said.

“I don’t know how this crime got
to be treated so differently from
other crimes,” LeBaron said. “When
rape victims go to the hospital, they
are billed for that. State programs
can help pay for the testing, but only
as long as the victim agrees to pros-

What the hell?!

  • After last night’s Firefox Crash-a-palooza, Mail tanked on me this morning. WTF? I ran disk utility and repaired permissions. This is what I got:

Feb 26 08:29:03: Disk Utility started.
Repairing permissions for “Lady Snowblood”
Determining correct file permissions.
Permissions differ on ./private/var/log/secure.log, should be -rw——- , they are -rw-r—–
Owner and group corrected on ./private/var/log/secure.log
Permissions corrected on ./private/var/log/secure.log
Permissions repair complete

Should I worry?

  • Today’s A Word A Day e-mail amused me:

This week we have dug up five words you may not have known existed.

misology (mi-SOL-uh-jee) noun

Hatred of logic or reason.

[From Greek miso- (hate) + -logy (science, study).]

Today’s word in Visual Thesaurus:

-Anu Garg (words at

“Fletcher laughed. ‘Your coyness smacks of misology. Sinking back down
to that dark place within yourself, the one that you tried so
desperately to suffocate.’”
Chris Mooney; Deviant Ways; Atria; 2000.

  • Wayne Coyne was on NPR’s “This I Believe” series this morning.
  • Claude comes back from the Vet’s office today. Oofah.
  • Judging by the noise outside, they’ve started work on the new garage. Woo hoo! Fraction’s go the camera in LA, so I’ll try to take some photos later but they’ll be futurephone pics.
  • Other than running to pick up the dog, I expect to be home chained to the desk all day. Say a prayer for me.
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