Chrissie Hynde poses for portraits at a north London recording studio, Tuesday, June 10, 2014, following the release of her first solo venture, entitled Stockholm, six years after the last Pretenders album. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

Former Pretenders front woman Chrissie Hynde put people in an uncomfortable position of criticizing a rape victim for her response to rape with her comments to an interviewer about her new book.

Hynde said she bears full responsibility for her own rape, suggesting that women bring it on with their apparel choices. That’s a shocking enough thing to say. And so is the last part of the “money quote” from the interview.

“If I’m walking around and I’m very modestly dressed and I’m keeping to myself and someone attacks me, then I’d say that’s his fault,” the former front woman for The Pretenders told The Sunday Times. But if I’m being very lairy and putting it about and being provocative, then you are enticing someone who’s already unhinged — don’t do that. Come on! That’s just common sense. You know, if you don’t want to entice a rapist, don’t wear high heels so you can’t run from him. If you’re wearing something that says ‘Come and **** me,’ you’d better be good on your feet… I don’t think I’m saying anything controversial am I?”

That’s an easy one to answer with today’s must-read from Laura Bogart, writing today on Spin.

Hynde’s comments were tough to take for anyone who considers her a rock heroine, but additionally so for Bogart, who was the victim of domestic abuse and sexual assault.

“I feel only a cold sadness for Chrissie Hynde,” she writes, “because I remember what it was like to be crushed by the stone-press of denial.”

These people, like Hynde, like me, can spend a lifetime divining a perfect alchemy of self-blame, a set of runes and codes where leaving the window cracked, or accepting that ride, or looking at our father “the wrong way,” or letting the neighbor boy take us out for ice cream, conjures the ache to end all aches. We do this because living under the glass jar of appropriate hemlines and moderate drinking (or better yet, total temperance), walking with our keys between our knuckles (and always in a well-lit area, never in a shortcut), getting alarm systems and buddy systems, feels safer than the alternative: an unfathomable wilderness where we can be badly hurt just because the wrong man happens to walk under our windows, or picks us up on his motorcycle, or lives one court over, or gives us his last name.

Believing that I brought my abuse on myself was like living with a shard of ice hovering inches from my heart, that one wrong move would stake me. But every time I leave the house, I risk that one wrong move. That one wrong move is called life. After several years and many panic attacks, and with the help of gifted therapists, I started to accept — slowly, painfully, and with many hiccups of “If only I’d …” — that only my abusers were to blame for my suffering. I lived in a cruel, violent world among cruel, violent people, and that yes, it could happen again.

But there should be a “soft gray spot of sympathy for her,” she says. “Since she could not manage to feel it for herself.”

As for her book, Reckless, it’s not very good, the New York Times says in its review published this afternoon.

This book recounts some brutal experiences. Ms. Hynde was attracted to bad boys, and spent time with a biker gang. “Reckless” includes a fuzzily described but harrowing scene in which the 21-year-old author is apparently gang-raped by bikers at a house that, she writes, “had ‘Jeffrey Dahmer’ written all over it.”

In her book, and in recent interviews, she has blamed herself for this incident. “I take full responsibility,” she writes in “Reckless.” This has earned her ire on social media, from commenters who have noted that the assailants and not the victim are to blame. The best response came from Hadley Freeman, the excellent Guardian columnist, on Twitter. She refused to leap on the pile of scorn, merely noting how sad it is that the great Ms. Hynde would blame herself for so very long.

“The sound this book makes is of casual strumming, not of purposeful music making,” it said. “If it were a song, you would not pull off the road to listen to it.”

Trace O’Connell, the South Dakota man accused of spilling beer and taunting Native American children at a hockey game in January, has been acquitted of a disorderly conduct charge stemming from the incident.

Fifty-six students from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation were at the game when someone started shouting racist remarks and pouring beer from a luxury suite, according to this Facebook post at the time.

O’Connell’s trial this summer was so closely watched, it had to be moved to a performing arts center.

Today, magistrate Eric Strawn found him not guilty (pdf).

He said none of the children were hit by thrown beer bottle caps as alleged, and he said Brendan Poor Bear’s testimony against O’Connell was “unreliable.” He indicated two girls who were alleged to have had beer poured on them, testified they didn’t, even as adults insisted they did.

“Both girls showed great courage in testifying to the truth,” he wrote in today’s decision.

Beer was sprayed during the game, but it was only because the hockey team had scored a goal, the judge said.

He also dismissed testimony that indicated someone in the suite told the kids to “go back to the rez,” but he said the witness was unreliable when she claimed she knew it was O’Connell. He said it was the woman’s inaccurate testimony that led to Justin Poor Bear’s Facebook post.

The trial lasted two days and although the city wanted a jury, the judge didn’t want to pull the kids out of class to testify at a later date, so the summer date was scheduled.

“Obviously, we are disappointed in the decision,” Rapid City Attorney Joel Landeen said in a statement today. “We felt all along the city had a strong case with enough evidence to move forward for conviction. The disorderly conduct charge was the strongest charge the city could bring. We worked with the facts we had and it was a challenging case to administer, with a variety of recollections and perceptions to share from numerous witnesses.”

(h/t: Bob Sinclair)

It’s possible you’re not going to have Scott Walker to kick around anymore. Except you, Wisconsin, you’re probably going to have him for awhile.

A few months ago, the Wisconsin governor was living high as a frontrunner. What’s happened since is a good example of why it’s not worth paying attention to presidential campaigns more than a year before the general election.

The usual suspects are already burying him.

Reporters have to cover these things and every day is a struggle to come up with something new. Donald Trump fits the bill because every day he says something new. The media reports it, the people hear the news that’s dominated by someone saying something new (and outrageous), the polls reflect the attention, the media reports on the polls and the cycle begins anew. Rinse. Wash. Repeat.

America usually sobers up after the various daliances of summer and history says it will with Trump too.

In an article today, The Week takes particular note of Walker’s apparent demise.

Want an outsider? Walker has never worked in Washington. Before winning the gubernatorial election in 2010, Walker was the Milwaukee County executive for more than eight years, and served nine years in the state legislature before that. His Senate rivals may have to dance around their brief time in Washington, and Bobby Jindal’s House career might be a slight negative in an anti-establishment era, but Walker has no such baggage.

Want a fighter? Walker fought and beat the public-employee unions in Wisconsin, and then fought and beat them again in a recall election and a second gubernatorial bid. That’s three election victories in four years. He drew heat from around the country on that fight and never backed down, and then added wins on other conservative agenda items such as Right to Work and voter ID laws.

Want a departure from the elite to the hoi polloi? Walker is custom made for the role. He shops at Kohl’s, had never earned six figures until becoming governor, and has amassed little wealth in 48 years. He is the antithesis of Mitt Romney — a man of modest means and modest background who went into politics to serve rather than enrich himself.

In short, Walker checked all the boxes that Republicans wanted after a disappointing loss in 2012. And it turns out that none of that mattered as much to Republicans three years later as putting a thumb in the eye of the party’s establishment. Voters are turning to outsiders in a reaction to a lack of action, real or perceived, from the Republican Party after winning two midterm elections.

Now here’s a reminder that far too few political reporters are noting with any clarity: It’s still ridiculously early. As The Week notes, “populist crushes don’t usually last long.”

Related: How the season of Trump changed Scott Walker (CNN)

Mary Solberg, of Crookston, knows she doesn’t have any legal rights when it comes to her former husband, Toby, with whom they picked out side-by-side crypts in Riverside Cemetery in town in 2010, years after they divorced in 2009. He died in 2013.

Her ex-husband’s family has removed his body from the cemetery and buried it in Erskine, near where his parents are buried. Read more