Of Lipstick, Law and Order


In his recent Opinion piece, Of Lipstick, Law and Order, Barry Nolan questions the judgment of Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

While Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, it became policy to charge rape victims for the use of rape kits - in essence discouraging victims from stepping forward and reporting crimes.

Author Barry Nolan is a veteran television journalist and Emmy winning Commentator. He is now a freelance writer and does occasional consulting and writing for Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, author of the Debbie Smith Act.

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Is it for those criminals who have yet to be caught, who'll go free and remain uncaught, undiscovered, unpunished -- or is it for the victims, and representing the prison of sorts that they are cast within simply for seeking justice...or could it stand for the time when the victims would finally be free of the bars and cells that limit their chances at seeing, pursuing and hoping for justice in the light of the injustice(s) done to them?

Multi-layered breadth and depth that ties in nicely to the piece.

Thanks, Susie. And thanks, Barry, if you're reading this -- it's a tragedy in its own right that such laws and further attention are so greatly needed and so hard to find; it needs to be addressed. Please pass along thanks to Congresswoman Maloney the next time you connect w/her.

Can't wait to read your upcoming book? We certainly will want to review it.


which, once upon a time, would trigger my 'disbelief reflex' but typically doesn't after almost a decade of desensitizing events become the routine.

I dunno, now, maybe hope does something to you. On reading this and reflecting on Palin, I did feel the twitch of my head beginning to shake the way it used to do when I'd encounter 'the unbelievable'.

Maybe it was simply your skilled writing that overcame my high threshold. Thanks in either case.

"So your party is the only party that can save the country from the mess that your party created?" - attrib. Jon Stewart

"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations which dare already to challenge our government in a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country." - Thomas Jefferson

Which isn't the same for you. It was so graphic that I was imagining the exam and what an ordeal it would be--not to speak of the threat and violence of the attack.