Kathleen Parker, one of the first columnists to examine Nifong's performance through a skeptical lens, has a new column
out. She proposes a new verb: "to Nifong.''
"Now," Parker argues, "we can 'Nifong' someone when we want to trump up criminal charges based on flimsy evidence allegedly for political purposes. In short, when we want to screw up someone's life."
Parker also takes note of Duke President Richard Brodhead's decision to, at last, ask for Nifong to pass the case to a third party. "While official outrage is welcome," she observes, "it seems belated. Where were the passionate protestations when these three young men were being convicted in the court of public opinion? The presumption of their guilt was nearly instantaneous among Duke administrators and many faculty, from whom others in the community took their cues."
Somehow I doubt that having his name remembered as a perjorative verb was how Mike Nifong thought this whole affair would wind up when he was riding high in late March.
Great article by Kathleen Parker, but there was a link on the FODU board earlier. Here:
KC your a little late on this one. I was the one who posted the link on FODU.
KC, sorry if you feel offended, you are doing the best job of anyone here. Just please check the Fodu site once in a while. They are also doing a good job, but not anywhere near what you are contributing. Your articles have been great, so perhaps we need to see that you are doing more analyzing then searching. Keep up the great work you are doing. Thanks for everything.
Sorry KC, I just had it out with someone on another board.
You are really doing a great job. I didn't mean to offend.
I find the FODU board to cumbersome to navigate. I would prefer the written articles list to be on top of the page.
I'm a strong supporter of FODU, and read the board every day.
I just wanted to post this item as a quick update, since this blog attracts some readers who don't go to FODU.
KC you are truly wonderful and without your expert research your readers would be in the dark to much of the truth that we know to date. A question: Had the outcome of the election been different (Cheek elected), would the facts as we know them today be different? I am specifically referring to the conspiracy re DNA and the ultimate dropping of the rape charge. Would the hearing of Dec. 15 been changed because Nifong would have been a lame duck?
Since everyone else is giving you a hard time, I figure I will join in. I had a piece last September 1 on Lew Rockwell's page entitled "Nifonging the Standards of Justice, Part I." Part II came shortly thereafter.
However, let me say that I am quite pleased to see you link it because not everyone reads FODU, and the more this stuff is out there, the better.
Nifong surely is not going to put Crystal on the stand after her performance in the videotaped ID process. There is NO way to reconcile that with what the prosecution now is trying to claim.
By the way, Wendy Murphy is wrong. (She is also evil, but we knew that.) Part of the sexual assault charge is that Reade Seligmann (turn your heads if you don't want to read what is next) ejaculated inside her mouth, and she spit it out.
Guess what, Wendy? No Reade Seligmann Brand DNA was found in that part of her body, and no Crystal saliva and (again) Reade Seligmann Brand DNA was found on the floor where Duff Wilson swore it COULD have been found. Oh, yes, DNA still is in play, and Mikey knows it.
If the guy really tries to bring this to the Feb. 5 hearing, then it seems to me that the punishment he will bear will be even worse than if he were to deep-six this thing now. Maybe he is too stubborn or too stupid or just too evil, but whatever it is, I think he would do well to take my advice and to punt. Leaving the country also would be a good course of action.
In regards to the recall, I think that Nifong is going to wish that he had lost. In fact, his career would be looking a whole lot better right now had he lose to Freda Black in May.
To be honest, I do not want to see him replaced now, as he is the best thing the defense has going for it.
KC, again, you are doing a great job. I am retired and probably have more time to travel through the sites and look for news. Keep up the good work.
I still say this case will be dismissed this friday. Durham folk will not be burning the town down for New Years Eve.
KC, the best info and writing on the web concerning this duke mess, hands down. as a transplanted yankee from washington dc who now lives in charlotte nc, this story interests me because its presenting north carolina in such a horrible way. what i was wondering is, you obviously have a great interest as well, what is it? in any event, fabulous writing, clear, concise, informed, a pleasure to read.
When this is over, "Nifong" will become a popular term denoting incompetent or unethical behavior. As in, "He nifonged the case, so we had to drop the charges."
1,141 posted on 04/26/2006 11:18:46 PM EDT by Ken H
That proves it! I cannot claim originality, either!! But, nonetheless, I am having fun.
Mikey is not having fun.
Finally...SOMEONE who attributes some responsibility to the mental blob who heads up the University. Believe it. None of this would have gone anywhere near so far if brodhead had not sucked up the the 88 scum bags and the black leaders of Durham and NCCU. (I had to get one more lick in).
Damn! I am going to miss Mikey when this is over. Yeah, all of us will have our lives back, but you have to admit it has been a hoot.
(Not a hoot for the families shelling out $80K a month. I sure as heck hope that they get to take possession of some of Duke's endowment and what is left of the Durham treasury.)
8:45 PM said; Leaving the country also would be a good course of action.
I think the only place Mikey could practice his style of law is with the Taliban.
Sadly the Fong will not be able to drive his car with personal plates(DA 14) up and down the high mountains !!
I suppose there always Mexico left;Pancho Nifong
If Nifong is disbarred ,,,I suppose he can keep the plates?
We will all know who driver is?
Sorry KC, but she has obviously been reading The Devil's Den since this started. "To 'Fong" has been part of the lexicon there for a while.
All of you are wrong!
....Moi......and then poster GPrestonian......were the first to visit Parker's JWR column......on this website.
KC, I came across your blog some 3 or 4 months ago. After bing drawn in by a few of your very compelling articles, I ended up spending the entire day reading your entire archive. Since then, I've checked out most other blogs dealing primarily with Duke. Of all the very good blogs I reoutinely visit, I come to yours (DIW) for up-to-date, thoughtful, full scope updates on the case. From my experience, yours is the best for content, scope and ease of use. Liestoppers is a close second, with Anderson, et al filling out the field. On occassion I cast my net a little wider, including MSM and descenting views for perspective (know thy enemy..)
In any case, just thought I'd take a moment to give you one perspective on the blogs and to say thanks very much.
You are the man!
You are right.
Months ago, some poster over on FODU brought up the whole "Nifonging" idea. He was trying to submit it to Wikipedia.
That's probably where Kathleen Parker got it.
Well, if 9:53 is correct, then we now know the identity of...theman!! Whoodathunkit?
Not enough attention has been paid to the huge mistakes made by Brodhead at the very beginning of this hoax.
Never.....I mean NEVER......underestimate the damage done to these lacrosse players and their chances of getting a fair shake from the Durham community........when the cowardly and nervous Richard Brodhead fumbled about and kissed every azz at NCCU......
......and then put Julius Chambers in charge of a committee to pass judgment on these guys.
I wrote about all this in a column back in October, and I had to do hand-stands to get it printed in the Herald Sun.
KC needs to do more to illuminate this very bad and very damaging move by Brodhead.
He needs to pay for the damage done.
I think I saw Nifong (verb) as far back as May, but here is one from June...
Great article by Parker, Also the article by Taylor and KC in the WSJ, correctly pointed out that Brodhead and the the group of 88 are enablers who inflamed the fires of racial hatred and placed the defendents into the hands of a crooked prosecutor who's only goal was to lynch the boys and get the Black vote. The Duke administration and professors with malice of forethought subverted the legal system and supplanted it with a social construct (Karla Holloway's term not mine) that rationalizes the use of past racial injustice to convict the defendents based only on their race and class. So in addition to the term "Nifonging" someone, I'd like to submit that the term "88ing" someone also be put into play. 88ing a defendent is using their racial and social standing to indict because they deserve to be convicted due to a history of racial and social wrongs committed by their kind.
I believe this term would afford a proper legacy to the Group of 88's actions.
It seemed to me, after reading the archives of Durham-In-Wonderland, that pointing out the failings and indefensible actions of Duke faculity by KC is perhaps the best coverage of the topic anywhere.
Orange Lazarus, 88ing is brilliant!
If that's what..."it seemed"...to you, then you're all set, aren't you?
Debrah, Just thought you were preaching to the choir, and saying "KC needs to do more..." presumes much on your part...
Need to do for you? For us? His obligation extends to you how?
Get over yourself.
To KC, Bill Anderson, national media et al. If everyone spent as much time discussing President Bush's Iraq missteps (that have resulted in true human toll)as they are some false accusations about some lax players in Durham how much better we would all be. Please balance your outrage.
You know what is hilarious. Nifong is now the one who is a threat to leave the country and he sealed the guys indictments because he said they were "such a threat of flight." What a joke he is.
Can we please end the pissing contest about who was first to coin the term "Nifonging." Who cares who was first, it is a good term. Use it and Websters will some day pick it up.
I talked with my Bar Counselor friend tonight, he made it clear Nifungu knows about the Oct Bar meeting and that Nifungu has been interviewed by Bar Attorneys, note he did not say in the NY Times article if the Bar had talked to him. Remember the Jan 16th meeting of Bar Disciplinary committee is coming up that's when the shit will hit the fan. He WILL be disbarred, after a long process, by June for sure. Put that in the bank. It will take time, but he is a dead man walking. Federal indictments will follow. He is going to be an example to others, he has no life line, and the Republican US Attorneys are going to kill him. Just the facts, Book'em Dan'O.
Listen, if you are that stalking little coward who has been hiding in the wings.......coming out to bite my ankles on occasion.......for the most trivial of issues.....
...then AT LEAST.....AT LEAST.....azzhole.....
POST YOUR NAME.
When you attack someone and use little letters to throw profanity.....have the balls to identify yourself.
Something tells me that you are the same disgruntled and very cowardly little Liberal who finds it hard to "fight" fair.
You want to curse me? I don't even know you.
But I do know this: If your brain isn't bigger than what you're packing below your waist, you're in trouble.
Please do not read further if you are squemish or find semi-graphic depictions of coitus objectionable (I am being overdramatic).
Just wanted to add that if the new claim by CGM is that she was most certainly "penetrated" from behind but not sure that it was a male organ doing the penetrating, then based upon the assumption (that CGM's father gave credence to) that she might have been violated with a broom, I just wonder whether the dimensions of the bathroom where the assault allegedly took place even had enough manuevering room for a woman to be bent over, perform (willingly or otherwise) oral sex on someone and also have a presumably 5ft broomstick thrust into her rectum?
Does anyone have the dimensions/measurements of the subject restroom?
10:37..Please balance your outrage.
What does that mean? We shouldn't be outraged becuase its trivial, or we shouldnt be outraged because there are more outrageous things out there?
Sorry, pal, but the idea that some capricious a-hole could have me arrested and tied up for a year with me spending my life's savings on proving my innocence (!) and it makes no difference, is pretty dang outrageous to me. And, oh, by the way , most Democrats in Congress voted to allocate spending for the War and while theres plenty to argue about there, I don't think anyone has to apologize for feeling OUTRAGE about what happened to these kids.
Blah, blah, blah.
You are clearly so full of yourself and you presume to tell KC needs to do more of this or that, after clearly doing an admirable job covering the very point you protest goes inadaquetly addressed.
As for my name,it is Mike C in AZ. As for YDKMFA, it is not profane, as you (again) presume to know/need/expect/demand much to much, it stands for You Don't Know Me From Adam.
As for your comments about what is below my waist, I pitty you your troubled mind.
You know what? Plenty of people are posting about war in Iraq and President Bush. In fact, if you really don't know where to find discussion boards posting on this subject, I could point you there, so you can go over there and leave us interested in this case alone.
Do you really think you have a right to tell others what they should be interested in?
Regarding the comments on what we really SHOULD be doing, I think that the poster has made a fair point. Wrong, but fair.
First, there are a lot of people writing on Iraq, and I think that the Democrats are going to have some very interesting hearings coming up starting next month.
Second, I am on the record as being opposed to the war FROM THE START. I write a monthly column for the East Tennessee Business Journal and in my February 2003 piece, "Should We Give War a Chance?" I not only opposed an invasion, but also predicted the insurgency. I have written other anti-war pieces for Lew Rockwell since then.
This case, however, is a FUNDAMENTAL attack on the legal system. It is not simply three white boys being accused of raping a black female, end of story. We have seen a university faculty rise up and demand people be imprisoned, even if they committed no crime. We have seen an attack on all legal procedures, constitutional protections, and even the very standards of proof in a courtroom.
We did not turn this case into a media circus. Nifong did that. What we have done is to go after the facts of the case, and also show the many abuses of the legal system that Nifong has committed.
There is nothing wrong with this, for if we are successful, we are going to put other prosecutors on notice. You heard of "Nifonging." Well, there also is "K.C.-ing" of prosecutors.
There is not much I can do to deal with policy in Iraq. We will live with Bush's decisions for the rest of our lives. But there sure as heck was something I could do, and that was to do my best to turn Michael Nifong into my enemy. I am proud to have done so.
If "finito" is what you need, then you're all set, aren't you?
Email me. I usually don't use this for personal messages, except to insult Wendy Murphy, theman, and Fong, but it would be great to hear from you. You know my email. (No, jackasses, I am not coming on to her. That is what Mikey did to Cy in the courthouse.)
Please. Would some of you knock it off?
Orange Lazarus - Bravo on your observation!!! To be 88'd indeed is a wonderful little taunt to throw at those professors who believe in class or race-based "justice". Not just them, but also feminists, NAACP members, media progressives, black leaders that presume guilt is not from actions, but on birth.
The "spokespersons of the so-called oppressed" who "subverted the legal system and supplanted it with a social construct (Karla Holloway's term not mine) that rationalizes the use of past (omitted) injustice and (sense of victimization) to convict the defendents based only on their (gender), race and and/or class.
As several of us have noted, fixation on Nifong and Nifong alone as the 100% cause of this omits the central problem - the cancer of identity politics and hatred of Americans along lines of race and class.
It is incredibly disappointing to see blacks who rightfully criticized white America for stigmatizing and discriminating against a whole race, and in certain times and locales imposing harsher criminal penalties on them - turning right around and proving they are just as bigoted in these modern times.
Frankly, the reason that this story is so closely followed is not because a perfect culture, perfect system, perfect school, and perfect community was all derailed by this One Evidoer DA...the real reason the Duke Rape Case was followed so closely - was fear.
Fear that we were seeing America in the grip of people that thought innocence or guilt were irrelevant, and that collective punishment and retribution on those "races, genders, and classes that offend" would replace law.
Fear that so many institutions we all rely on, to give advice and intervene in the name of our American reason, ethics, culture - so we are not to be literally or figuratively stood up against a wall and shot in America because of who we are, not what we did...all seemed to fail simultaneously in Durham.
We rely on sane voices from institutions we look up to to stop the mob. Instead we saw people of prestigious University contribute to the mob, and others there to become silent, or outright cowards. The lesser University in town became a pack howling for blood to avenge the slight on a "sista" after remaining quite silent about many rapes of white and Asian Duke coeds by Durham blacks over the years. A press that should cast light on events instead opted to engage in covering up inconvenient facts and drumming up the mob to advance their own secular progressive agenda. The NAACP and town leaders enabling the mob. The police, who should be a 2nd opinion, a check on prosecutors just as prosecutors should be on them - instead just become flunkies of the prosecution, at worse complicit co-conspirators. We saw community activists from black, feminist, progressive, and even "fair-minded" sections of the community so wrapped in victims are legitimate/oppressors illegitimate type of thinking that what 46 young men of good character and high accomplishment swore happened was less credible than the word of either convicted black stripper. Outrage was reserved for defenders. Everyone had a "right" to demand the players be punished, while consternation greeted the courageous decision of female Duke lacrosse players to vouch for the character of their male peers. "I worry that the women of Duke lacrosse, by being so insensitive, may only inflame the community even more." [A pattern repeated nationwide as defenders of the Duke players scrambled to point out certain blacks and women...presumed to have higher moral authority than any white male...also had doubts]
It was only when all of that was well underway that Nifong showed up and added his dysfunction and malignancy to the horrific soup already brewing.
It was a mass of human grovelers trying to propitiate the "offended and outraged ones" who were somehow accorded the "moral right" to whatever seething, anger, and accusation they wished. A mass of grovelers who looked to and sought enabling another mass of opportunists who seized on the rape to advance their own power and place. Nifong belonged in the latter group, Broadhead in the former.
I personally got interested and followed it and wrote because I got rock solid convinced - "NO! You will not get away with it. You will not change America into a new social construct where guilt is based on who you are born as rather than any bad thing you did in life." I am convinced the struggle will continue. Nifong, a middling man, was the middling threat - an easy piece of blundering, low-hanging fruit.
The threat that is far more insidious, far harder to combat is the radical identity politics that has burrowed into the skulls of the Gang of 88, many black leaders, feminists, even many well-meaning liberals in the so-called "Elites".
They have to be defeated, since they will not stand still in the fight for who ends up controlling American society. I stand for the America that has never believed it was in any way moral or right to kill or attack fellow Americans based on race, class, gender. I thought we'd learned at least that in observing and mostly ending the great 20th Century democides.
A big step forward is for everyday Americans to be willing to step up and denounce not just the Nifongs, but the enablers and intellectual defenders. Even *shudder" be willing to denounce blacks when they act dishonestly or idiotically. Or the likes of Peter Wood, Brodhead, Wendy Murphy.
Man, has this thread taken some weird turns, or what!?
KC's forte isn't scooping his blogger colleagues (and yes, they are colleagues, not competitors). His strength is in his consistent, no-holds-barred anaylsis. LS, CM, and JiC have had some great analysis pieces as well.
I lurked here for a long time before I started occasionaly commenting, and it's been funny to watch as othes discovered this blog and started posting here as well as their 'original' blogs of choice. I did the same thing, discovering LS, JiC, and CM from posts here, and on FR.
Oh yeah, & I think I coined 2 '-fonging' terms on FR - 'Tweakfonging' to describe Nifong's tweaking of the DNA report, and 'Delayfonging' to describe his penchant for late discovery production.
So there!!!!! ;>)
And now, a new '-fonging' offshoot:
'Bullshitfonging' to describe basically everything that's been coming out of his mouth since the Dec 15 hearing. ;>)
OK, OK, I'm reaching there I know...
Please, try to understand me. I am a scholar of (at best) mediocre value. Were Shakespeare alive, he would whip my worthless butt for having dared to comment on his immortal works.
All of a sudden, out of the blue, I've got the best gig of my life. I was the PRESIDENT of a university which, in better times, would not have hired me to wash its restrooms.
Please don't judge me. People expected me to care about some sucker Lacrosse students, falsely accused. What are you people, nuts?? As long as I keep getting my $300,000 salary, why should I care whether HALF of my students would get beaten up, or raped by my best buddy Mike My-fong, or anything?
I believe that there is no truth, no values, no ethical foundation to anything. All I care is keeping my own - if you will - butt safe. If you believe I have different responsibilities, you are certifiable lunatics, and I gently invite you to look up a different university in which to get indoctrinated in Marxism. If you don't like me, tough cookie. I'll always find some other sh!tty students to pay taxes out of which my huge salary is being paid.
Thanks for reading my honest thoughts to the end.
Professor Johnson! The correct spelling is "pejorative," not "perjorative." Actually, months ago Wikipedia noted in its biography of Mike Nifong -- since amended to remove the reference -- that his "association with prosecutorial error has led to an increased use of the word ‘Nifong’ as a verb meaning to use one's power to clumsily railroad a situation.”
Lets all be clear on one thing about Broadhead, no matter how much damage control he and his PR firm are trying to do, nothing can change history and his actions. There are consequences for those actions and his role in this hoax. He has proven himself to be a sniveling, weak, self absorbed, lying, creep. Trying to stop the bleeding after limb has been severed is way to late. The damage he and his buddies the Duke 88 have caused has been done, the pain has been felt deeply and it can't be fixed. The best PR firm in the world can't fix it for Duke and Broadhead until the poisen from that school is removed and cleansed. Start by firing Broadhead and the Duke 88, start by terminating some of those ridiculous course electives that breed hate and racism.
nifong and its variations are in the "Urban Dictionary" along with other classy definitions such as "donkey punch" "dirty sanchez" and "rusty trombone"
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