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Posted: Dec 15, 2017 - 12:22pm

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This is an odd case; seems she published a novel at the same time she made the accusation. 

 
it's all odd

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Posted: Dec 15, 2017 - 12:17pm

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Florida Dem accused of sexual harassment gets support from Congress

WASHINGTON The phrase “I believe the women” has become a motto for lawmakers in the wake of career-ending sexual harassment allegations against Rep. John Conyers and Sen. Al Franken. But when sexual harassment allegations against South Florida Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings from 2011 resurfaced last week, the reaction was different.

“I believe him,” said Rep. Frederica Wilson, a Miami Gardens Democrat.

Capitol Hill news outlet Roll Call reported on Friday that a woman who accused Hastings of unwanted touching and lewd remarks in 2011 received a $220,000 taxpayer-funded settlement, the largest amount reported since a wave of sexual harassment allegations began sweeping through Congress.

The 81-year-old Hastings denies the allegations and said he had no previous knowledge that taxpayer funds were paid out to Winsome Packer, a congressional staffer who worked for a commission that studies security and cooperation in Europe. Court documents show that he was removed from the sexual harassment lawsuit in 2012. Packer continued the lawsuit against the commission after Hastings was removed, and the payment was made in 2014, according to Roll Call.

 
This is an odd case; seems she published a novel at the same time she made the accusation. 
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Posted: Dec 15, 2017 - 12:07pm

in my own backyard!

Florida Dem accused of sexual harassment gets support from Congress

WASHINGTON The phrase “I believe the women” has become a motto for lawmakers in the wake of career-ending sexual harassment allegations against Rep. John Conyers and Sen. Al Franken. But when sexual harassment allegations against South Florida Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings from 2011 resurfaced last week, the reaction was different.

“I believe him,” said Rep. Frederica Wilson, a Miami Gardens Democrat.

Capitol Hill news outlet Roll Call reported on Friday that a woman who accused Hastings of unwanted touching and lewd remarks in 2011 received a $220,000 taxpayer-funded settlement, the largest amount reported since a wave of sexual harassment allegations began sweeping through Congress.

The 81-year-old Hastings denies the allegations and said he had no previous knowledge that taxpayer funds were paid out to Winsome Packer, a congressional staffer who worked for a commission that studies security and cooperation in Europe. Court documents show that he was removed from the sexual harassment lawsuit in 2012. Packer continued the lawsuit against the commission after Hastings was removed, and the payment was made in 2014, according to Roll Call.


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Posted: Dec 14, 2017 - 8:08pm

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I take choice B also. Of course the world is gray, and very soon we're going to have to get back to some sort of due process. The problem is, dick cheese like Moore would force his accusers to sit in a courtroom and spell out exactly what happened and then he'd say they're lying and attack them... all the classic reasons women haven't come forward. We can't go back to that. 
 
If we discover that a weeping discharge like Roger Stone did coach Al Franken's accusers, he should be punished as severely as the person wrongly accused. If Al's charged with rape and that charge carries a 20-year sentence, then Stone's meddling should also carry a 20-year sentence. The downside to bearing false witness has to be as crushing as the wrongful prosecution is to the convicted. Of course, this too means women will hesitate to come forward with a wavering accusation.

So we're entering a phase of puritanism that will ruin some innocents' lives. The pendulum swings. I'm over here out of the way, I hope, and I know that for now, it's worth it. It's important to get to a point where people don't just think twice about being a creepy power junkie, they don't even think about it. Being thought of as a creep has to become unacceptable again. For too long now, it's seemed like a badge of honor for some people.
 
I said choose your poison because there are losers either way. Is being falsely accused, 2 decades after the fact, terrible? Sure. More terrible than being raped and feeling like you need to keep quiet about it? No.

 
Ok, I can agree with you on this, especially the bolded.  The pendulum is definitely moving again to be certain. 
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Posted: Dec 14, 2017 - 6:46pm

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I'll take the second choice if I have to pick.  Since you asked and I answered, which one do you pick ?

 
I take choice B also. Of course the world is gray, and very soon we're going to have to get back to some sort of due process. The problem is, dick cheese like Moore would force his accusers to sit in a courtroom and spell out exactly what happened and then he'd say they're lying and attack them... all the classic reasons women haven't come forward. We can't go back to that. 
 
If we discover that a weeping discharge like Roger Stone did coach Al Franken's accusers, he should be punished as severely as the person wrongly accused. If Al's charged with rape and that charge carries a 20-year sentence, then Stone's meddling should also carry a 20-year sentence. The downside to bearing false witness has to be as crushing as the wrongful prosecution is to the convicted. Of course, this too means women will hesitate to come forward with a wavering accusation.

So we're entering a phase of puritanism that will ruin some innocents' lives. The pendulum swings. I'm over here out of the way, I hope, and I know that for now, it's worth it. It's important to get to a point where people don't just think twice about being a creepy power junkie, they don't even think about it. Being thought of as a creep has to become unacceptable again. For too long now, it's seemed like a badge of honor for some people.
 
I said choose your poison because there are losers either way. Is being falsely accused, 2 decades after the fact, terrible? Sure. More terrible than being raped and feeling like you need to keep quiet about it? No.
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Posted: Dec 14, 2017 - 6:19pm

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I was referring to allowing leniency for things that happened some time ago:
might be motivated only by politics (not just "political" politics but office politics too) or revenge when the original incident wasn't actually as described so maybe we should take it easy there. Ramifications: Leaving rapists/molesters in a position to continue raping or simply go unpunished

OR
go after all of the accused, possibly sweeping out good people who were not guilty as would-have-been charged, or people who have long since turned a corner and are no longer deserving of further punishment
 
I offered Kurt the opportunity to choose his poison, meant in all seriousness. I don't think he really is suggesting we look the other way if someone's accused of rape. But the feeling that he's saying all the accusers of Roy Moore are just political pawns (but Al Franken's victims are not) does suggest he should stop digging. Because at least half of his posts here continue to qualify for a WTF are you kidding me? response.

 
Sorry, that was just too open ended of a question the way you presented it to even try and speculate an answer.

But since you clarified it a little bit better I'll offer up this ...

I'm still a little butt hurt as you say that anyone would even think that I think rape is ok at any level for starters, let alone look the other way for any reason.  The Franken and Moore do compare.  Both are old enough and without photo proof of Franken, I doubt that it would have gone very far.  Both of their victims are victims and since this went public, they are all political pawns, imo.  We have left the court of law and gone into the court of public opinion.

I'll take the second choice if I have to pick.  Since you asked and I answered, which one do you pick ?
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Posted: Dec 14, 2017 - 5:34pm

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I was referring to allowing leniency for things that happened some time ago:
might be motivated only by politics (not just "political" politics but office politics too) or revenge when the original incident wasn't actually as described so maybe we should take it easy there. Ramifications: Leaving rapists/molesters in a position to continue raping or simply go unpunished

OR
go after all of the accused, possibly sweeping out good people who were not guilty as would-have-been charged, or people who have long since turned a corner and are no longer deserving of further punishment
 
I offered Kurt the opportunity to choose his poison, meant in all seriousness. I don't think he really is suggesting we look the other way if someone's accused of rape. But the feeling that he's saying all the accusers of Roy Moore are just political pawns (but Al Franken's victims are not) does suggest he should stop digging. Because at least half of his posts here continue to qualify for a WTF are you kidding me? response.

 
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Posted: Dec 14, 2017 - 3:21pm

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If this is an allusion to Moore's many accusers, the initial ones did not "come forward" as his craven, dissembling defenders have suggested.  They were approach by reporters working on a story. They were reluctant to tell their story publicly (understandable given how the GOP rage monkeys have reacted) and only agreed to go public after several interviews.

Is that where you're going with this? 

 
No.  Its with the hope that we accomplish establishing an atmosphere where victims of sexual transgressions can come forward without fear of disbelief or retaliation and not have to suffer in the shadows forever as has been the case up until now.  I really think that these revelations will continue for some time and when it's run its course Moore will barely be remembered just based on the sheer magnitude of people coming forward.   

If after all of this has run its course and the results make it more comfortable to bring these kinds of things up that there just simply will not be many left and victims begin to deal with attackers in real time. The attackers will have finally lost the ability to intimidate their victims due to the fact that we have established an awareness that these things are no longer acceptable (once again) at any level, not isolated incidents; that these things can no longer be swept under the rug by the powerful or connected.  I doubt that we'll ever stop those who are just plain wired wrong, but it would be nice to think that we can stop those who would attempt these things just because they think that they can get away with this stuff based solely upon their power and status.

I clearly have bitten off more than I can chew.  I'll leave this for the more learned now.  I was just trying to figure out exactly who we are talking about here (just women who are victims or everyone) and be optimistic that we can finally get a handle on this, this time around and that this will be the last time around.  

{#Meditate}


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Posted: Dec 14, 2017 - 10:47am

I would show respect and gratitude to anyone who brings to light criminal acts perpetrated by a potential Judge, or Political Representative 

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Posted: Dec 14, 2017 - 10:47am

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The Law of Holes is one that some people are apparently unfamiliar with.

 
I was referring to allowing leniency for things that happened some time ago:
might be motivated only by politics (not just "political" politics but office politics too) or revenge when the original incident wasn't actually as described so maybe we should take it easy there. Ramifications: Leaving rapists/molesters in a position to continue raping or simply go unpunished

OR
go after all of the accused, possibly sweeping out good people who were not guilty as would-have-been charged, or people who have long since turned a corner and are no longer deserving of further punishment
 
I offered Kurt the opportunity to choose his poison, meant in all seriousness. I don't think he really is suggesting we look the other way if someone's accused of rape. But the feeling that he's saying all the accusers of Roy Moore are just political pawns (but Al Franken's victims are not) does suggest he should stop digging. Because at least half of his posts here continue to qualify for a WTF are you kidding me? response.
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Posted: Dec 14, 2017 - 10:41am

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The Law of Holes is one that some people are apparently unfamiliar with.
 
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Posted: Dec 14, 2017 - 10:35am

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And one more question to ask if I may ?
With all of this coming out now and we have an attempt to reconcile all this, is the next step to say that if you haven't spoken up now about what happened to you 10, 20, 30 or 40 years ago, forever hold your peace ...  Can we let someone out of the blue still come forward at some very critical time and accuse them in order to influence an election ?  
 
People may have any number of reasons for not coming forward sooner than later.  I don't think it would be preferable that only 'newer' victims of priest sexual crimes or victims of Jerry Sandusky came forward.
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Posted: Dec 14, 2017 - 10:31am

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If this is an allusion to Moore's many accusers, the initial ones did not "come forward" as his craven, dissembling defenders have suggested.  They were approach by reporters working on a story. They were reluctant to tell their story publicly (understandable given how the GOP rage monkeys have reacted) and only agreed to go public after several interviews.

Is that where you're going with this? 

 
I think he's regretful that Al Franken's initial accuser was coached and scripted by Roger Stone et al, would not have come forward without their urging, and tweeted a scripted message that she immediately walked back as far as her own level of upset was concerned. I would be, too.
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Posted: Dec 14, 2017 - 10:29am

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:

How do you want it to go? Translation: Choose your poison.

 
The Law of Holes is one that some people are apparently unfamiliar with.


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Posted: Dec 14, 2017 - 10:27am

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And one more question to ask if I may ?

With all of this coming out now and we have an attempt to reconcile all this, is the next step to say that if you haven't spoken up now about what happened to you 10, 20, 30 or 40 years ago, forever hold your peace ...  Can we let someone out of the blue still come forward at some very critical time and accuse them in order to influence an election ?  

 
If this is an allusion to Moore's many accusers, the initial ones did not "come forward" as his craven, dissembling defenders have suggested.  They were approach by reporters working on a story. They were reluctant to tell their story publicly (understandable given how the GOP rage monkeys have reacted) and only agreed to go public after several interviews.

Is that where you're going with this? 
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Posted: Dec 14, 2017 - 10:26am

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if you haven't spoken up now about what happened to you 10years ago, forever hold your peace ...  Can we let someone out of the blue still come forward at some very critical time and accuse them in order to influence an election ?  
 
How do you want it to go? Translation: Choose your poison.
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Posted: Dec 14, 2017 - 10:03am

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Absolutely. 

However, if someones sits on something because they are a nobody and then becomes a somebody, it would be reasonable to consider the veracity of the complaint because there are absolutely no reasons not to speak up in real time anymore.  Either you were violated or you were not.  Should not matter by whom anymore.

I cannot disagree with your points or black's or sird's.  That is the reality I see, too.

 
in the real world people may not speak up immediately for fear of repercussions, shame, intimidation, threats, violence, proof, etc.

could be a number of reasons

for instance if your career, reputation or marriage is on the line, then you may hesitate

look at the cosby case

if you think you're going it alone could be different than pursuing something like this in a group

the good news is that this will help give people the courage to speak up and be an incentive to discourage abuse and violence (bad behavior)

newer technology will probably help too (forensics)

the bad news is that some politicians won't hesitate to use this for political purposes...

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Posted: Dec 14, 2017 - 8:05am

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victims should be able to speak up anytime regardless

once something becomes politicized it will be leveraged and most likely weaponized

the rulers are the rule-makers and the reality is that they will write them in such a way to benefit and empower them or their party

but it has to be framed as a benefit to the conditioned masses

most likely using an emotional angle


 
Absolutely. 

However, if someones sits on something because they are a nobody and then becomes a somebody, it would be reasonable to consider the veracity of the complaint because there are absolutely no reasons not to speak up in real time anymore.  Either you were violated or you were not.  Should not matter by whom anymore.

I cannot disagree with your points or black's or sird's.  That is the reality I see, too.
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