Commentators, both liberal and conservative, lit up the blogosphere last week regarding the firing of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich. Eich, as it turned out, dared to exercise his First Amendment freedom and donated $1,000 to the Prop 8 campaign in 2008, the ballot initiative in California to constitutionally safeguard marriage as between one man and one woman. But pressure placed on the company by anti-faith activists and the homosexual lobby led to his ouster. Meanwhile, another Silicon Valley idol, RadiumOne Founder and CEO Gurbaksh Chahal, who has also founded and sold two previous companies for hundreds of millions of dollars and is preparing RadiumOne for a blockbuster Wall Street IPO, was charged with 45 felony counts for assaulting his girlfriend over a 30 minute period — all of it recorded on a security system video. (Alyson Shontell has more at BusinessInsider.com as does Nitasha Tiku at ValleyWag.com.)
Among the charges:
♦ Hitting his girlfriend repeatedly in the head ♦ Assaulting her with a pillow ♦ Dragging her from the bed to the floor ♦ Covering her mouth with his hand to obstruct her breathing ♦ Hitting her in the lower body approximately 15 times ♦ Hitting her in the head while holding his other hand over her mouth ♦ Threatening to kill her ♦ Confining her to a bed by force and fear
The other day Chahal's sentence came down: 25 hours of community service and probation. He never seemed in doubt of the outcome either, spending this week tweeting leadership and business advice almost non-stop. Oh, by the way, unlike Eich, Chahal is keeping his job. Any guesses as to why pressure was absent on the RadiumOne board to fire him?
Is this a hint?
Being friends with Barack has its privileges.
As it turns out, Chahal is a major Obama, DNC and California Democrat Party fundraiser and donor. That and his light sentence are a coincidence, I'm sure.
Then there's the whole so-called War on Women thing. I guess it's a war only in a figurative sense when pro-life lawmakers try to protect women and unborn children from the horrors and death of abortion. But when a woman actually gets nearly kicked to death by a left wing sugar daddy, when there's actual violence and harm to a woman, the sloganeers go mute. Money might not be able to buy everything. But it can buy silence in certain quarters.