Riley Gaul – reporting from Knoxville County Jail

Riley Gaul’s new home.

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A couple of jail notes on Riley Gaul, from his location at the Roger D. Wilson facility on Maloneyville Road, in East Knoxville.   I mention this as Riley’s hearing is tomorrow, December 2, 2016, unless it’s been rescheduled. (Update:  Riley waived the hearing.  Will go to the Grand Jury.)  A little about those details, and four, unreturned calls to Knoxville County spokesperson, Martha Dooley, later.  

Meanwhile,  learned the following:

  • Riley Gaul was not on any kind of “Suicide Watch.”
  • No one has beaten him up.  Yet.

Meanwhile, Emma Walker’s friends and teachers responded

One friend of Emma Walker directly responded to Riley Gaul’s Twitter project attempt to distance himself as a suspect in Emma’s murder.

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Friends of Emma Walker

Also, one of Emma’s many teachers most eloquently remembered Emma Walker.

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I mention this, because media coverage on Emma Walker, has not been in keeping with what Emma Walker deserved.

Media on Emma Walker:  the lessening of Emma

Will begin with how the Knoxville News Sentinel emphasized Emma Walker’s murder.  Emma was not mentioned by name. Neither was Riley.  But football, was.  Football was their lede.  Football and basketball was the main feature throughout Knoxville News coverage.

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(My complaint to the Knoxville News Sentinel, immediately followed.)

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Emma had planned to be a neonatal nurse and participated in a Disaster drill.

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It gets worse.  The Knoxville Jail was no help either.  This is our tax dollars, not working.

Days prior to the hearing I attempted to learn more information on Riley Gaul’s hearing. Would he be transported, or would the County want to save time and money and conduct the hearing by video.  The basics.  Telephoned four times. Not a single call was returned.  Folks, this is their job.  Martha Dooley works in Media Relations.  It’s how she earns her living.

But before I took Martha not doing her job, I did a little research.  Bingo.

Martha Dooley sucks – at taxpayer expense

Here’s Martha on camera – not addressing why she was non responsive to repeated requests, from citizens, then mischaracterizing the individual’s intentions.   

Apparently Martha’s job is not to speak to the public about concerning information the public likely has a right to know.  

See Martha’s non-response to coverage of two fired, deputies, below, although the Sheriff said:  

“This investigation found that you conducted yourself in a manner that was notoriously disgraceful and of such a nature morally and ethically that rendered you unsuitable as an employee,”

Pretty strong stuff!

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Shouldn’t someone be talking? Did MSM roll over?

Two Knoxville Deputies fired.  Mum’s the word!

Why taxpayers allow Martha Dooley to behave in this manner is beyond me.  But why media allows it, is egregious.

(Second Update:  Martha Dooley telephoned me on December 2, claiming no prior knowledge of any calls.)  Did she not figure on phone records?  I suggested she review the voicemails I left, including with her assistants, and check back.  

My next piece will feature women targeted by men who claim to be heavily involved in becoming better Christians.  

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Riley Gaul arrested in galling murder of Knoxville cheerleader, Emma Walker

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Emma Walker – Murdered  Knoxville Cheerleader

It was a cowardly, sneak attack murder like no other.

Emma Walker was shot to death late at night, while she slept.

Meanwhile, boyfriend Riley Gaul, (soon arrested for Emma’s murder) went home and tried to hide or destroy evidence.

But prior to his arrest, Riley Gaul posted a biblical verse on Twitter for Emma Walker.

I am not making this up.

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Riley Gaul, football playing boyfriend, and;  cunning individual.

Here’s a Cliff’s Notes version of Riley Gaul’s  1 Corinthians 13-8  

Now – and this is where it gets more than a little creepy.   Count the number of “likes” in Riley’s tweet.  There’s more since I grabbed this screen shot, sadly.

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Riley reminds me of Vanderbilt football player and gang-rapist, Brandon Vandenburg.

On Brandon Vandenburg’s, idiotic Twitter account, he wrote, “IAMSECOND” (First) and “GOD FIRST (Second.)  

And Brandon was an Honor student.

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Believe it or not, Eric Smith objected to naming Maryville College, where Riley Gaul played. Yep. Possibly relating a murder to a Maryville College football player was Eric’s concern.  

Fortunately, Hillary Meeks Tune, set Eric Smith straight in one quick hurry.

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But how’d we’d get to a horrible murder and some clown talking about football in the Bible belt?

Quick reminder:  The Bible was written long after events transpired, (with time enough for revisionist history to match one’s personal bias); and, as most women were considered of little value, weren’t taught to read.

That explains why zero chapters of the Bible were from the point of view of half the population; although Jesus hung around with lots of women on his own, and expanded to the “proper” women who accompanied their husbands to events.  

Thus, considering for much of time, women have been muzzled, for bogus, religious reasons…it’s hardly a surprise the states with the highest murder rates involving women, come from the South.

In short; there’s not a shortage of this, as men continue to prove women are disposable.

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The arrest and trial of Riley Gaul will likely show Emma wanted to end the relationship, and Gaul had trouble accepting that.  It’s a fairly common version of,

 “If I can’t have you, then by God, no one can.”

However,  today only, will demonstrate not only was Emma’s future stolen; but her family’s future was too.  Something as simple as family get-togethers.   And photos.  Riley ended it all.

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Emma liked to tease her brother

Two cuter kids would be hard to find.

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Emma and Evan Walker

Only men can end the culture of misogyny in America.  Last year 1,631 women were murdered by those who “loved” them.   They become “anonymous” women, while others talk about equal rights for those of differing religions and sexual orientations.

Worse? Have seen some posts (by men) saying to take the name of the college out, as their allegiance remains with…football!  That’s hideous: But that’s misogyny folks.

For some,  football will always be more important than a murder victim, killed in her sleep.  Football is their religion.

Speaking of religion

So now what? Pray for the family, but please, proof of prayer is action, There is no “Rest in peace” for murder victims.

Also, people who are murdered while they sleep, are not resting. They’re dead.

Last, please know this is not God’s will. God gave us the gift of free-will. So no cop outs with “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”

(Using that logic, there’s no need for the police or the courts.)

Sometimes think it just might be that God views humans as a well-meant experiment. That failed. I get the feeling when it comes to cold-blooded murders such as this one, that God decamped to another Galaxy to concentrate on making a smarter, more humane, species.

So will leave you with happy photos of a shattered family because another idiot was outraged a young woman he wanted to stay with him, wasn’t interested.

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Last photographs of Emma and Evan.

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Two cuter, nicer kids weren’t to be found

For the living, be a friend of murder victims.  Emma wanted to be a neo-natal, nurse.  She was a helper.  Pray for the energy to help make sure justice is served.

Blessings to the family.

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Vanderbilt gang rape – Brandon Vandenberg sentencing hearing blew up – 17 years

Brandon Vandenberg’s friend Miles Finley – bailed.

Finally!  Long-time Brandon Vandenberg bro, Miles Finley, finally came clean. As Finley finally began describing what really happened, the camera panned to Brandon, who looked like he’d been hit between the eyes by a baseball…bat.

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Miles Finley – from a happier, pre-defendant, time.

But, on the morning of November 4, 2016, the public heard for the first time, Miles Finley manning up, from an earlier investigation.  I thought he  took the stand, and explained how he and Brandon’s Mom – destroyed evidence under the direction of, Surprise: long time family friend and father of Brandon’s high school sweetheart, attorney Albert Perez!

But I was wrong.  It was from an earlier recorded hearing with the police.  My readers are good!

Perez, predictably, with every twist and turn of Miles’ story bounced up out of his chair like a Jack-in-the-box, objecting.  To no avail.

(During the live testimony, tweeted to the California State Bar during the proceedings, they might want to listen live.  Had this feeling about Perez from the get.  So much so had ordered transcripts from earlier testimony.)

But Brandon’s (former) friend, Finely, testified Brandon kept changing his story the night of the gang rape. There was talk about Miles violating his earlier plea, and this time around, none of Finley’s past arrogance was on display as he burbbled forth with date rape drug information. Also, (it surprised me) Finley wouldn’t let his girlfriend see the videos Brandon sent. Yes, videos. Finley said Brandon was up on date rape drugs as Rod, Brandon’s father, gave Brandon him the date rape drug saying it “loosens women up.”  (I’d reported this earlier.)

Miles Finley said Shawna Alexander repeatedly I Do Solemnly Swearsaid, “Brandon is the victim here.”  So Mom’s denial seems to remain entrenched.

Miles Finley’s explosive testimony was followed by long-time Vandenberg family friend, Pernilla Linner; who testified Brandon was the most polite and kind young man she has ever met — both in Sweden and in the United States.  She went on to say  she didn’t think her daughter would ever be unsafe around Brandon.  She would let her daughter be around Brandon – now.  She believes had Brandon left the victim at her place, “it” would never have happened.  Linner envisioned Brandon speaking to colleges around the United States.  She ended asking for the least amount of time in prison possible. Next came a pastor, and Ms. Fix, a high school English teacher.  Fix said she didn’t think Vandenberg “Needed rehabilitation.  She said, “I think he needs mercy.”  (Fashion note:  When trying to appear credible jettison white socks with sandals.)

On cross-examination, Fix said she thought Brandon “Might have been” calling for help.

She was hopeless.  

Brandon testifies

vandenburgsentencingBrandon claims he was an inexperienced drinker. Laughably untrue.  See prior column.  Brandon’s mentions “football mentors” twice.  Brandon’s mentioned 40 drinks.  He refers to the gang rape as “the incident.”

So we end where we began….happy for the conviction….horrified by the crime, horrified by the quality of defense counsel, heartened by Nashville Metro Police, the DA and the victim all determined to “make it right.”

Originally, was delighted the victim wasn’t there.  My not-so-secret hope, was the woman had a, work-or-vacation scheduling conflict, hoping her life had drastically improved since departing Nashville. The rapee (whom I always believed was drugged – not drunk) having been through the wringer and I’d hoped  she’d opted, literally, to not give Brandon Vandenberg the time of day.

But it turns out, the victim was not there as she continues to suffer. Judge Watkins easy sentencing on Cory Batey being the straw that broke the victim’s back.

However, the date rape drug FINALLY came into play.  And as Miles Finley finally came came clean, and Albert Perez morphed into an objecting, bobbing little jack-in-the-box; it all fell into place.

DA Jan Norman finished strong

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Jan Norman killed it at the close. She described Brandon’s actions as the facilitator, who also, in a position of trust post-rape;  acted in a way to both cover his crimes while blaming the victim.  In short, she described Brandon Vandenberg for what he is.

Every parents nightmare.

Defense maintained Brandon had never been away from home for any length of time.  (So I guess Xaxier Prep didn’t count?) Defense said each of the acts were performed by someone else.  Said Mr. Vandenberg should not be sentenced to more than Cory Batey who urinated on her, and sat on her face.  Defense mentioned there was a little bruising, is all. Defense said Brandon Vandenberg was a good guy.  Said “You can’t fool 40 people you’ve known all your life.”  Except of course, you can.  Defense also tried to use the “Devil Alcohol” defense to mitigate a longer sentence.  Defense said “he was not a drinker.” 

Finally, Judge Monte Watkins spoke.

The Court agreed with the Prosecution.  Abused the position of private trust and was the Leader and the rape would not have happened “were it not for him.”  And he did nothing to stop it.  As for mitigating factors – no priors, defendant has community support.  Seems remorseful – but that the Enhancement factors Vandenburg got 17 years.  Sure glad the victim didn’t bother to show up.

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Brandon Vandenberg – Violent Sex Offender

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Am now tying to determine how much time Brandon Vandenberg will spend in the care, custody and control of the State of Tennessee.

The legal line up

The legal line up has always been pristine for all involved on the side Prosecution; and considerably less than stellar, on defense.

First: CA attorney Perez.

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A pricey, routinely inept (in our by now, jaded opinion) presence.  

Second: Fletcher Long – convicted of extortion of his own client – Long was thrown out of the legal profession, and

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currently, flaps his gums on some radio program.

Third: Troy Bowlin – Appellate attorney – in for a half-second, and now out, due to a conflict of interest – after the Court of Appeal threw out his motion.

The Bench:  Judge Monte Watkins

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Judge Monte Watkins – presiding over Vanderbilt’s top football draft pick, Brandon Vandenberg’s gang-rape trial – 2 defendants down, 2 to go.                                               (Coach Franklin skedaddled pdq.)

Judge Watkins – with whom we had the utmost confidence — until he fell out of favor; well, leaped out of favor —after the Cory Batey sentencing, influenced by letters of supportive family members willing to over-look Batey’s alcohol and anger problem.

But thankfully the prosecutor discovered the letters sent to the court were not provided the Prosecution. How this happened, no one knows; and worse fewer still are asking.

The national favorite flavor of rape continues

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College wise – Police and Baylor University buried reports of Baylor’s sex crimes.

Then there’s Jersey.  

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Judge Bellmeier opts for sentencing-light for a rapist who attacked a 15 year old, because of Family Letters of support.

California

Oakland cops in underage teen sex case  Child began having sex as a minor.  It’s called child exploitation.  And she was then exploited by police officers in five, Bay Area Counties.  Whew! A short run-down list is available at the Bad Cop page at Familylawcourts.com

Who says there’s not a war on women

In all cases, but the most stupid women – 

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who marry really jerky men,

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rape is not an entitlement, sport.  No…rape is not something for which men are entitled

Wait:  There is a solution!

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Brandon Vandenberg sentencing on November 4th; Jailhouse phone calls provoke a question

In light of the November 4, 2016, sentencing date for convicted Vanderbilt rapist Brandon Vandenburg, the only question is;  Head injury?  

Head injury because Nothing changes!  Brandon Vandenburg, the once nationally hailed football playing, “honor student,” three years later, remains unable to process his decision to facilitate the gang-rape of the woman he was dating.  A woman who trusted him. The best Vandenberg can offer is, “it doesn’t make sense.”

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So what has Brandon been worrying about?

Football.

Vandenburg’s chief worry, as expressed from his phone calls, is being in his prime years for making a fortune playing football.  That Brandon processed.  That he understands.  Consider Brandon’s jailhouse conversation with Brandon’s equally dimwitted father, Rod.

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Brandon Vandenburg whining to father Rod Vandenburg

Links for each of Vandenburg’s jailhouse with his parents and a female friend, are here.

Gotta wonder why at least one of Brandon’s four clueless attorneys didn’t float a possible “head injury” defense during the initial trials.  (On appeal, it’s too late.)

But it appears although Vandenberg has new counsel, they’re still keen on the loser, “Devil Alcohol” defense, that failed Twice before.  (As we used to say out West.  “If the horse is dead — get off.”)

Am also baffled that neither the DA or Judge Monte Watkins asked any of the defendants (two remain) whether – while out on bail, whether they enjoyed a cocktail or seven.)

Have maintained from the onset that Vandenberg’s defense team committed malpractice.  (And Fletcher Long committed a felony – so now he’s a radio host and not an attorney.)

However,  the defense continues.  As quoted in the Tennessean:

“It is likely that Vandenburg’s alcohol use will be discussed. His defense lawyers, Randall Reagan of East Tennessee and Albert Perez of California, portrayed Vandenburg during trial as a young man overcome by pressure to drink”

So glad neither jury bought in to that.  As demonstrated in the screen-shots I grabbed before Brandon and friends locked down their Twitter and Facebook accounts;  Brandon was never pressured to drink.  Brandon and his crew had been drinking and manhandling drunk women for quite a while.

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Vandenberg friend Miles Finley – who suggested a second attack in a text to Vandenberg during the gang-rape

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Brandon’s friends from high school.

So why any attorneys would even consider citing Pressure to drink – is beyond absurd.  It’s malpractice.

Legal Malpractice is what I first mentioned in January 28, 2015 – at the conclusion of Vandenburg’s first trial.

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NOTE: Vandenburg’s friend’s Father texted: “Nothing has changed.”

Brandon’s friend’s father was right

The disgusted father of one of Brandon Vandenberg’s friends was right in 2014, when he texted, “Nothing has changed” to now; 2016.

Everything in Brandon Vandenberg’s mindset remains exactly the same.

So for the record, “Nothing has changed” sums up Brandon Vandenberg, and his family, best.  Vandenberg’s victim will move on. The sentencing is a box to check in her life.  (A life that has already changed for the better.)

But Brandon Vandenberg and his parents seem doomed to remain frozen in denial. 

Because if nothing changes; nothing changes.

 

 

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Doug Sain is promoting his Anti-Hillary movie and furiously requesting continuances for his DV arrest.

Hello irony.  Is this perfect, or what!?!

Doug Sain, the former partner of Dinesh De  Souza, is excited his anti-Hillary movie, “Clinton Inc., the Movie” is set for release Friday, September 30, 2016.

Nationwide, Sain’s anti-Hillary movie is set for release in October.

October being: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Apparently Doug’s so excited, he can’t be bothered to appear in court for his Domestic Violence arrest in Lake Havasu City…for which Doug has requested and received two continuances.

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Um, here’s what’s wrong with this picture?

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Meanwhile, First grade teacher, and former wife of Doug, Brooke Sain, would love to move on with her life.

But, does it seem to readers, that the Lake Havasu City judge is allowing letting Sain essentially, run the show?

Of course the local Lake Havasu judge could order Sain to appear; but to date, the local judge appears to not to be so inclined.

Although, it’s been months.  But wait, there’s more!

Irony:  Round Two

Brooke Sain Baumkirchner, is a fan of women who support women.  So Hillary is featured on Brooke’s Facebook page.

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Meanwhile, it appears as if Doug views himself as King of the Jungle. 

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Doug Sain – Too big to answer to a DV violation?

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Justice delayed is justice denied…

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Oddly enough,  in October of 2015, the Lake Havasu City Attorneys’s office was accepting awards for their efforts.  

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What changed?   Have they gone Hollywood?

What might it take to get an actual, hearing on calendar?

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Stay tuned.  We sure are!

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Election 2016: Trump, and the time Angelina Jolie starred in a movie about police misogyny

Election 2016 — The perfect time to end paying taxes for police services the police refuse to provide!

Need additional motivation?  Watch the Clint Eastwood directed movie detailing life imitating art, starring Angelina Jolie.  It’s also great for Hillary to keep in mind.

In this instance, it’s Jolie’s star-turn detailing police corruption — and Trump’s total embrace of law enforcement misogyny.  (Misogyny, being a huge part of Trump’s life, dove-tails so nicely with his campaign.)

It also helps that New York’s largest Fraternal Order of Police endorsed, Don-the-Con.  Benefit to Hillary Clinton, in her efforts to change the police during what is the most important election of our lives.

Jolie’s role was on-point and contrary to the current, media narrative:

That being it’s not always all about shooting unarmed black men.

Last year, 1,613 women were killed by the men who professed to love them.  Including, police officers.)brad-and-angelina

However, because we are now paying the price for ignoring the 2006, FBI report detailing how white supremacist groups infiltrated police departments, promoting “ghost skins — now seems as good a time as any to remind people how scary life under a jackboot President supporting jackboot cops, can be; and not just for black men…but all women.

So I recommend watching Angelina Jolie in the true-life story of Christine Collins; a single mother who challenged Los Angeles Police Department in the movie, The Changeling, after her boy, Walter, simply disappeared.

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If you didn’t see The Changeling, (you can here, for free).  The story revealed the depths of corruption in LAPD, and what happened to Christine when she protested LA police forcing their mistakes down her throat.  (The actual case was featured multiple killings, known as, The Chicken Coop Murders.)

The Background

LAPD launched a massive search for Christine Collins missing son, Walter.  Later, LAPD’s PR machine kicked in with headlines after detectives found and Walter, and made Christine pay for his return to Christine.

The only problem was, it wasn’t Walter.  As if Christine’s son’s disappearance wasn’t enough, Christine’s troubles piled on, when she insisted the boy wasn’t her son.

LA PD’s Captain J. J. Jones was furious at this turn of events.

So furious, Jones had Christine Collins committed to a mental institution.

Because that’s what thugs with badges, do when their egos come into play.

What’s evergreen about this?  Among Trump’s favorite group of white supremacists, the police, is in the red states in the Mid-West and South; is using the Bible to suppress the rights of women in America. It’s YUGE.Bible truck

Returning to how LAPD tried to destroy Christine’s life after botching the case. . .


From Wikipedia:

“A public reunion was organized by the police, who hoped to negate the bad publicity they had received for their failure to solve this case and others. The police also hoped that the uplifting story would deflect attention from a series of corruption scandals that had sullied the department’s reputation. At the reunion, Christine stated that the boy was not her son, Walter. She was told by the officer in charge of the case, police Captain J.J. Jones, to take the boy home to “try him out for a couple of weeks.” Christine agreed to do this.”

Three weeks later, Christine returned to see Captain Jones and persisted in her claim that the boy was not Walter. Even though she had dental records proving it, Jones had her committed to the psychiatric ward at Los Angeles County Hospital under a “Code 12” — a term used to jail or commit someone who was deemed difficult or inconvenient.


Christine was released ten days after Hutchins admitted that he was not her son.


That’s right. Rather than believe the adult Mother; LAPD Captain Jones chose to believe an 12 year old boy.  

Because white male privilege begins early.

When Christine Collins made it out of the mental institution, she sued LA PD and Captain Jones, personally.  And won.  Captain Jones promptly retired, and stiffed her.  

California legislators were aghast.  Laws were enacted to prevent the police from sending more people to mental institutions for the crime of daring to prove them wrong.  Again, folks; we are paying dearly for choosing to both militarize our police, and allowing them to recruit jackboot misogynist-racists.   But strictly by the numbers;  gender bias/hatred precedes racial -bias/hatred.

Circa 2015:  Consider the less reported, rape of women by police in Tulare County – just east of LA.

I’m happy Angelina Jolie and Clint Eastwood brought Christine Collins harrowing life experience courtesy of LAPD, to light.  I’m sure thoughts have crossed Jolie’s mind in regard to amicably settling upcoming custodial matters.  That said, as a global advisor on behalf of children, Angelina Jolie knows,

Misogyny is a global issue.

I wonder if she knows  Twitter suspended the Accounts of a group trying to help Saudi women gain greater rights.

In the U.S.  often people won’t take reports of women attempting to report family assaults.  Often, these women wind up dead.  In 2014, a total of 1,613 of them did.  

Vote for Hillary and vote out any mayor who won’t fire police chiefs who allow law enforcement to abuse women under color of authority.

Our freedom, our lives, depend on it.

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Cops and Robbers: When Bad Cops and Don-the-Con team up, America loses

voteVoting gets down to the basics because as Tip O’Neill maintained:  All politics is local.  

But as America is engaged in a Civil War;  yes, in part this election boils down to: Misogyny and bigotry demonstrated by Trump and the police, vs. One Strong Woman.

But first; consider a brief look at the money — which explains in part, why Don-the-Con, will never disclose his tax records…which reporters should continue demanding them…given they let Trump slide for decades.

(The short version being: Trump is in debt beyond his hair weave, and is nowhere near as rich as he works so hard to have us believe.)

Does Trump really have money?

Trump has other people’s money – and his own 870 million dollar debt, that he uses to pay down with;  other people’s money!  In private Trump has a name for his suckers.  Oops.  I spoiled it.  Anyway,

as American Journalism is on the wane – the world is only now learning of the staggering amount of debt Don-the-Con, owes China and other countries not friendly to U.S. concerns exceeds  870 million.

This means China and other countries who do not like America, own Trump. Let that settle in with you.

Like Congress and eschewing the needs of the public; Trump panders to corporate interests.  Naturally this is the opposite of best interests of the public.  It’s just that in Trump’s case, Trump lines his own pockets as much as possible. 

cash - penny - many - copper brightWe also have the problem of Trump’s double-dealing in his ongoing failure to pay debts, while his past efforts to settle lawsuits against various real estate projects, are for pennies on the dollar to the people he ripped off.  Check out the nightmare the people who wanted to buy a Trump condo, endured.

But again — given we’re in a civil war, folks.  So lets not get off track.  

Instead, here’s a quick look at the players.

Cops and Robbers – Profiling is a good thing!

Don’t freak out before I can mention a couple other words for “Profiling.”

  1.  AMBER ALERT
  2. BOLO  (Be On The Lookout For”)

So, yes. Profiling is good.  Very good.  That’s true.   But the needed changes to profiling that must be made; must include:

3.  Profiling the profilers  – more on that later.

4.  A BOLO that is simply, “Black” or “Immigrant” is illegal, anti-American profiling, and must go.  How to stop it?  Easy.  

5.  Civilian oversight to all U.S. police departments must be implemented, yesterday; not to put too fine a point on it.  

Why is this necessary?  As the FBI mentioned in 2008 – racist organizations have infiltrated police departments for years.  

Another recent example, the very pro-Trump Milwaukee Sheriff Joe Clarke, who let a black man die in his jail cell.  Of thirst.

So.  Returning to our Civil War, keeping in mind both sides have their issues, in simpler terms, on the one side we have Democrats with Social and Criminal Justice Reform, and other programs to benefit society.

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On the Republican side, we have Trump’s greed, his anti-American values; and his disdain for laws.  Not coincidentally, that seems to be in line with much of America’s police force. Is that reminding anyone of any other country?  Hmm?  Because if it doesn’t,  perhaps someone spiked your drink.   Consider the facts:

➡️ @GLFOP The largest police association in the nation endorsed Trump for President⬅️

What to Expect?   Jackboots on steroids.✔️

Why?  Separate from Black Lives Matter – consider women rape victims of thugs with badges.  Yes, I know you don’t want to, but do it anyway.  Because media excels at misogyny.  See the CBS, Ick Factor, example.

Simply put; we must get a handle on our Thugs with badges and good pensions. Period.

  1.  Over a thousand Police officers fired for sexual misconduct, – go to other departments.

But that AP investigation didn’t include California.  Not one county.

2.   My vote is for Tulare County and their on-duty rapes…and attempts to buy silence.

Tulare County is due East of LA.  Anyone wonder why American media didn’t cover it?  

3.  Consider San Diego County police officer, on-duty sexual assaults.  Or the poor women who live in San Diego who are victimized by police dogs trained to bite and hold.  One such case is going to the full 9th Circuit.

A quick reminder – California, the state with the largest population in the country, was not party of AP’s survey.  But why pick on Southern California.

4.  Consider Oakland Police, and neighboring Bay Area Police Departments.  What began in Oakland, with officers initially passing around the underage daughter of an OPD dispatcher, grew to “sharing” her with with other department.  Oakland named 3 separate police chiefs in nine days…as each one couldn’t pass muster.  But key to Oakland’s scandal is that it only came to light in the suicide note of one officer – whose wife died under odd circumstances the year prior.

Okay – back to basics.  Trying to find a police officer who will prosecute a rape – assuming it’s not theirs.  Baltimore Police Department reflects the problem with rape prosecutions, nationally.

Make no mistake.  This Presidential election represents our civil war coming to head with American society – and the war on women.  Also, make no mistake, (because media continues making every mistake — cuz, misogyny) it’s gonna be a landslide win.  For Hillary.  

Because women are done.

Women are so done with everything Trump and his ilk, represents.  Should you want the black perspective, I recommend reading Texas’ own, Propane Jane.  Jane educates all as to the basics of what’s going on in Texas.  I suspect media cribs her stuff.  The short version is Jane’s a gem.   Also a great way to become educated.  In a real way.  Not a Trump University way.

After the election?  My hope is President Clinton by executive orders, compels civilian oversight of police departments. We must fire mayors who won’t fire police chiefs who allow criminal cops to remain on the force.  We also have to get rid of the therapists who okay these losers for hire in the first place.

Lets get busy.  Cheers!

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The Washington County cover up of Tierne Ewing’s murder.

After Tierne Ewing’s thoroughly preventable murder, the cover up by Washington County court administrators and County Probation officials continues.  This is a national problem.  

Spoiler Alert 1:  There is an effective GPS with Victim Notification – where the intended victim is called by GPS monitors FIRST, before police are called, to give the target a chance to vacate the area.

Spoiler Alert 2:  Washington County prefers its residents, particularly its female residents, remain unaware they are not doing their job, thank you very much.

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Tierne Ewing told everyone Kevin Ewing would kill her. No one cared.

The murder of Tierne Ewing murder is notable for the sheer depraved indifference that continues to be demonstrated by Washington County Probation officials and state judges such as Washington County Judge Gary Gilman, who self-identified as a “critical thinker” during his election bid.

Critical thinker Judge Gilman got the ball rolling as an accessary to Tierne Ewing’s murder as upon hearing evidence of Ewing’s actions, in a Motion for Higher Bail, so Ewing’s parents could not spring their son.

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It was reported some of the Tierne’s injuries included:

Hammer to the knees.
Branded with a metal stick.
Burned with cigarettes.
Pistol whipped.
Zip tied.
Spit on.
Made to sleep with a chain around her neck.
Tierne Ewing told police over and over if Kevin Ewing got out of jail, he would kill her.

Yes.  Because reporting family crimes to the police, the agency with the highest DV rate in the Country makes so much sense.

Still no one questions that women are forced to report to family assaults to police, instead of directly with the DA, because that would be common sense solution when police as middle-men, continue getting women killed.

Judge Gary Gilman decided on low bail…and eventual release with an Alcohol Monitor as noted in this report.

My brief phone interview, underscores systemic misogyny within the structure of the court system.  Details of this can easily be found at Familylawcourts.com.  My job is to educate police, judges and county officials, (who mostly remain disinterested) and work with clients for a better result.  Like getting to keep living.  I remain optimistic somewhere, someone, might actually become interested in doing their job.  I remain optimistic that attorneys will begin demanding real-time, Victim Notification, for their clients going through a nasty divorce, or custody battle.

But I admit the actions of Washington County, tested my faith that I will find someone interested in doing their job.

Generally reporters stand in front crime scene tape, and recount the specifics.  Reports usually end with “the victim had a restraining order.”

What doesn’t happen is how many times it took to get a restraining order, or how reluctant judges are to protect crime victims.  Particularly women.

Very happy Cara Sapida changed that.  

Watch Sapida’s Report featuring Washington County Probation Officials stiff-arming all efforts made by Sapida to get to the bottom of the thoroughly preventable murder of Tierne Ewing.

A little background on media – it’s not pretty

For several months beginning in 2014, I provided various media outlets with numerous GPS company reports and lawsuit information.  Only NBC’s San Diego station seemed mildly interested.  (Women getting killed is kind of a, “meh.”)

Was interviewed, and described the underlying problems, along with one solution….a GPS device with a strap that can’t be cut and which, (and this is Key) where the Victim is notified first, to enable her to leave the area.  Because:  Common sense.

All cool stuff!  All edited out!  Perhaps  someone might ask, why, um, what brilliant NBC editor thought cutting the solution out of the piece was a good move.

The continuing problems with GPS that doesn’t score air time.  

Media is only now learning the problem is No one in PUBLIC SERVICE seems to care Washington State judges and County Probation officials are getting unsuspecting members of the public, killed.  Especially in Family Court.

Wild, eh?  Cara Sapida seems to be the only one.  

See just one solution.  There’s more.  (I am not recommending this  company as they don’t care enough about women to market their wares to family court.)

One wonders why this isn’t in Family Court.  Why Family Court judges aren’t routinely using effective GPS.  Why attorneys for crime victims remain stuck in Family Court when they are crime victims.

In conclusion

The net-net is:  Our tax dollars that are being wasted by individuals claiming to work as public servants.  Instead, these “leaders” exhibit depraved indifference to the fact they are getting members of the public, killed.  Why aren’t they charged?

Making matters worse, it’s these very same public service officials, who, when questioned, refuse to be accountable.

I smell cowardice, stupidity, and hubris. Also, perhaps, kick-backs.  Who knows?

After all, Washington County officials aren’t talking.   

 

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Dear WPIX, AP, WTAE, Pittsburgh Press: When judges get women killed, how about Identifying them!

Journalism 101:  Who, what, when, where, why, and, if known, how.

So another woman with a restraining order is dead.  This time, the victim was Tierne Ewing. Still, not one reporter is reporting Ewing’s murder could have been twice, easily prevented.

Worse, not one reporter, (initially) identified the judge by name, who was responsible for getting Tierne Ewing,  killed.  My question is:  Why.

Yesterday it was Tierne Ewing.  Today and tomorrow and for all the days after that; it’ll be someone else.  The “reporting” will all be the same.  Faulty.  Weak.   

Faulty and weak for omitting two, key pieces of information.

  1. The identity of the judge; and

  2. That there exists several kinds of GPS which would have saved her life with early warning – and which can’t be cut off.

For those with not much time, one of many new types of Effective GPS, some that can’t be cut off, can be found at Restraining order solutions.  It’s been around for years.  But media seems to want to keep it a big ole secret.

Great.  But still, what’s up with the weak reporting?

You got me there!  I don’t know what is being taught in journalism schools, (or whether these media hires were, “Marketing and Communications”) majors.   But more importantly, I don’t know why the public accepts bad reporting from corporations identifying themselves as News organizations in the first place.

I do know people watch TV and read the news for better information.  We do not want low level information.  The identity of every judge in these types of crimes is significant. 

Identifying the solution, is key.  Yet almost daily, the public watches a scrum of “reporters” fresh from hair and make-up standing in front of crime scene tape, each offering details of the murder; just carefully not mentioning the identity of the Judge who made the murder, possible…or that there’s a solution.

Demand an end to poor journalism practices

I called both WTAE and WPIX and asked about this.  Both assignment editors seemed bored by my question.  Why is that?  Why are reporters deliberately failing to inform the public of the decisions of elected/appointed judges?  Why aren’t Assignment editors demanding key information when not doing so makes zero sense?  

Except sexism-to-misogyny is deeply embedded in American DNA.

By the way, the name of the killer judge is Judge Gary Gillman.  Also, the public should be aware Judge Gary Gillman lists among his skills “Critical listener.”  No really!  You can see Gary Gillman’s Youtube commercial, here. Or click below.

Omitting pertinent information from the voting public is something media has been doing for a long, long time.

Click here -> for a short history of the name of judges being deliberately withheld from the public.  Maybe that’s something Emily’s List could consider making a priority.  God knows,   media isn’t.  Today it’s The Trib TOTAL Media (Not so much!) and WPIX and WTAE Action News  and Bofta Yimam not identifying the judge.  Tomorrow it it will be another  corporation….not identifying the judge somewhere.   And the below screen shots are what you’ll see.

Killer Judge Not identified by Press

Kinda makes me wonder exactly what AP “contributed” the report.

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Judge Gary Gillman fancies himself to be a critical listener.

Interestingly, Tierne Ewing’s father, had no problem identifying the problem.

“Something’s wrong with the judging system in our country.”

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I have a six year history of trying to get media to do their job in the area of GPS

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Sexism.  Misogyny – see another demonstration how women are treated by the police and the Court system.

Consider this clip from Kentucky, featuring a naked, from-the-waist down, woman, and a Public Defender, so shy, that she tip-toed, delicately, around the subject, instead of expressing her outrage by the treatment of her client from the beginning of the hearing.  (Something the Judge Amber Wolf asked the PD herself.)

In closing we need:

Reporters who actually report the basics.

More judges like Judge Amber Wolf

Way, way Better than the above, public defenders.
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Muskogee Fail: Protect the public – Get Muskogee Police Department outta there

When cops become criminals

After viewing the body-cam footage of the gum smacking Muskogee Police Officer who pepper-sprayed an 84 year old, Geneva Smith, while a herd of her lackluster criminal cohorts looked on,  (so far, exactly zero media outlets have identified the officers…which is part of the problem)

I think it’s safe to say Merle Haggard would never sing “I’m proud to be an Okie from Muskogee” again.  See footage, below.  (You might have to click twice.)

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Muskogee Mayor Bob Coburn

That this happened after police egos took over when a kid ran from a traffic stop; signifies an utter failure of leadership by the City of Muskogee, under the leadership of Mayor Bob Coburn, who has not yet fired Muskogee Police Chief, Rex Eskridge.

Skipping to the Solution:

First:  Meet with local citizens to form a police oversight committee.  Make sure the group is composed of members of the community who rotate in every two years.

Second:  Have the group Determine which police officers can stay and lead the community, and which need to go.

Third:  Contract with the County for policing services until it is sorted out.

Fourth:  Get rid of Chief Eskridge.  He must go.

Chief Eskridge states the Mission of the Muskogee Police Department, is:

“The men and women of the Muskogee Police Department are committed to enhance the quality of life and lessen the fears of all citizens.

The mission of the Muskogee Police Department is enhancement of the quality of life of residents and visitors through effective crime reduction, preservation of peace, and responsiveness to social changes in the community, accomplished through a police-community partnership focusing on proactive policing and crime prevention.?

I might add that Chief Eskridge is a part of the State of Oklahoma’s Police Education and  Training.  So clearly, it’s a big, fail; and this is not acceptable. This will not do.

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Muskogee Police Chief Rex Eskridge

Answers for ending racist police attacking Muskogee residents, include.

1.Better screening for in the hiring process and of major importance, is a focus on conflict resolution and negotiations.

Because Muskogee police officers attacking an 84 year old woman represents a complete and utter failure of policing.  Never mind, “public servant.”

The police also failed their community in their capacity as trusted, “public servants.”

Only the egos of people who never should have been hired in the first place, were fed. Again, this was over a traffic stop.

When so-called, trained officers, chased, kicked in a door, tased, pepper-sprayed, and traumatized two people over a traffic stop….something is not merely wrong.  It is completely, out-of-control.

Not a single officer in the mob scene displayed an ounce of maturity, or worse; a capacity to serve the public. Essentially, the victims suffered from an armed, mob attack, home invasion. At two pepper-spraying, stun-gunning members should likewise be criminally charged, and fired. The rest could be charged as accessories after the fact. 

So the public is best served by getting rid of any mayor who allows a Police Chief – and in the case of Muskogee, Rex Eskridge, who is a member of Oklahoma’s police Training Law Law Enforcement Council.

Keep that in mind. Also,  prior reporting on how the police “warrior training” process winds up mass-producing fools who conduct themselves in opposition to every facet of serving the community.  

One wonders in these training seminars, exactly how many hours are devoted to “conflict resolution”  and “Negotiation Tactics.”   This is Muskogee’s main problem.   Check the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Training page to discover there is barely a mention.  Contact the Chiefs to let them know how you feel about that.

Oklahoma FAIL - Police Training - Chief Rex Eskridge

The population of Muskogee is about 40-50,000. No one really believes military war machines are necessary, but checked this, which was approved by Chief Eskridge on Muskogee’s Police Department’s webpage:


The Muskogee Police Department Special Operations Team is an operational support unit for the Muskogee Police Department and any other requesting law enforcement agency (upon approval of the Chief of Police or his designee) with a mission to tactically respond to critical incidents. Critical incidents are defined as follows:

Hostage Situations: The holding of any person(s) against their will by an armed or potentially armed suspect.
Barricade Situations: The standoff created by an armed or potentially armed suspect in any location, whether fortified or not, who is refusing to comply with police demands for surrender. This includes armed suicidal suspects.
Sniper Situations: The firing upon citizens and/or police by an armed suspect, whether stationary or mobile.
Apprehension: The arrest or apprehension of armed or potentially armed suspect(s) where there is the likelihood of armed resistance.
Warrant Service: The service of search or arrest warrants where there is a likelihood of armed or potentially armed suspect(s) and there is the potential of armed resistance.
Personal Protection: The security of special persons, such as VIPs, witnesses, or suspects, based on threat or potential threat to the well being of those persons.
Special Assignments: Any assignment, approved by the Chief of Police or SOT Commander, based upon the level of threat or the need for a special expertise.


Seriously?  A bearcat to serve a warrant?  What was Eskridge thinking?  Not only is this insane, the inevitable result….is, high-octane cops.

I understand Muskogee has trouble getting good recruits.  But that said, the world sees what Muskogee accepted. Prior reports of staffing issues available from the Muskogee Now indicate the situation was under control.

“Interim City Manager Roy Tucker, who met with Eskridge on Wednesday, said a permanent solution to the police department’s staffing situation is something that could take time. There are, however, some short-term fixes being discussed to ensure public safety needs continue to be met.  [Editor:  “Continue to be met” 😐 What are they thinking?]

“That may mean we have to pull back some officers from special assignments to make sure we have sufficient staffing within the department,” Tucker said, citing details with the U.S. Marshal Service and Hilldale Public Schools as examples. “We also may need to pull people from special assignments within the department to ensure we have enough officers on patrol — those are the ones who are responding to calls and directly affect public safety.”

Tucker said it could take a more than a year to recruit and train enough new officers to fill present vacancies and those expected to be vacated during the coming months. He attributed that to the limited number of training slots available to the city and the rigorous demands of the application process for new officers.

“You want to ensure you have a quality person who is going to be carrying a gun and in charge of public safety out there in the streets while they are dealing with the public,” Tucker said. “They go through a rigorous application and background process — a polygraph and a knock-on-the-door-of-their-neighbors background exam — and so you may have people who want to be police officers, but they can’t get past the background check.”

Ok.  So clearly, Muskogee’s background, hiring and most of all, Training tools have not worked out.  But the Bearcat has found other uses.   School supplies for kids.

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Is this cost-effective or are the police lovin’ it too much to send back?

Return the Bearcat – or what ever it is. The City of Muskogee doesn’t need it.

Also, and recently, a federal court ruled two St Louis Police officers had to pay an arrestee about $600,000.00 for the injuries they caused him. Something to think about, City of Muskogee.

In closing – what is with some of Muskogee’s less bright residents?

Consider that some of Muskogee residents, just aren’t that bright. I leave you with:

Dr. Sharon Woolwine, president of the Murrow Board of Trustees, a group composed of Church Lady types who can’t get out of their own way. The Murrow folks purportedly want to help needy Indian children at the Murrow Children’s Home. Well, they say they do. But when the words and the actions don’t fit:  watch the actions.

So far, this so-called Christian group only wants money from the right kind of people.  That would eliminate the Muskogee Atheist Community, led by Matt Wilbourn and his wife Keli; and also; you Atheists can go straight to hell.  To date, Dr. Sharon Woolwine has rejected about 28k from an atheist group trying to foster better relations.  (The number keeps rising.)

My guess?  I think Jesus would smack Dr. Woolwine, not to put too fine a point on it.

After this was reported, Woolwine prissed right up and stated her Christian group is declining the money on “principle.”

“He wants his organization’s name as a donor on our program for our pow wow,” Woolwine said. “That is unacceptable.”

Turns out, Woolwine’s ego, mirrors some members of the Muskogee police, just in a different way.  But the bottom line is this.  Neither about about serving the community.

My hope?  That the good folks of Muskogee stage a Merle Haggard concert, and introduce city leaders to a healthy dose of good, common sense.

 

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Debuting November 9, 2016: Trump TV! A media network all his own

Hollywood signWondering why all media seems to have their collective heads in…

the sand?  

Thank media, and hang on.  It’s going to be a bumpy ride.

First:  Sexism. As in, sexism is embedded in media.  Ask Roger Ailes.   Sexism remains the toned-down, cocktail party phrase for Misogyny.  

Second:   To-the-bone, misogyny is embedded in American DNA, including the systemic denial of rights for women.  This includes the right to police protection.


Sidebar!  Turns out,  women pay taxes for police services, the police refuse to provide.  (The courts are much the same, as Judge Thomas Estes and Judge Aaron Persky recently demonstrated.)


But guess who realized this could be a business opportunity.

Yep.  Noted misogynist Donald Trump, who recognized a great, post-election loss, business opportunity!  Sooooo,

TRUMP MEDIA!  Debuting soon —!

It’s obvious.  Trump has reason to believe no matter what he says, the worst America has to offer, will support him.

This includes older, tired Republicans. Trump knows he’s free to continue being as nasty as possible while keeping the voting public, remarkably clueless about his personal and business backgrounds.

Including, when Trump calls his ardent fans, dumb.  I guess since few background checked Trump’s real beliefs, they are.

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But, I digress.

Trump TV!  The newest Media Channel

Trump began laying the ground-work, last month

Trump can read polls.  He knows he’s not in the dumpster, but a whole, dumpster on fire.  But Trump also knows there is scant journalism, and better; that media has the attention span of a butterfly; so…perfect!  Time to swoop!

In order to paint himself as a noble American, last month, Trump began raging elections are “rigged.”  Trumps fans took up the cry — and media followed, rather than address Trump as the draft dodging, tax cheat with a sketchy medical background, he is.

(Addressing the reality of Trump involves work.  Unfortunately, Media prefers snazzy sets over actual, investigative journalism.)

Thus, Trump was free to begin laying the ground work for a new Trump TV Media, business model, raining all things Trump, 24/7. 

To be fair, Trump kinda had to, given the Trump business model of licensing his name is failing…to the surprise of no one.  Turns out,  women who can afford to stay in some of Trump’s over-priced hotels, don’t want to!

But as there’s plenty of idiots who watch TV, Trump figured Trump TV Media could save him.

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Why wouldn’t Trump create Trump Media?

After all media sat for six months watching Trump say anything he wanted, then (bonus!) these same hire-priced “talent” drones, turned to their colleagues, exclaiming,

“I can’t believe he said that!”

but continued to sit…not vetting him…of course Trump realized if he could create a media circus simply by opening his mouth; and profits for networks, he could do it for himself.   After all, even CBS President, Les Moonves said,

“Trump might not be good for America; but he makes great TV!”

So, why wouldn’t he?

The Fairness Doctrine – a relic from the past

Might our do-nothing Congress insist on a return of the Fairness Doctrine, for the sake of sanity, and the Fourth Estate?  Perhaps President Clinton could add that to her “To Do” list.

As Trump watches TV like a real junkie, he likely realized how to get away with piping hot misogyny, for profit.  Consider the historical background.

Exhibit A

First Example: On March 4, 2015, CBS This Morning, using almost women entirely, slyly revealed the depth of misogyny in media. Am betting Trump saw the piece and realized he could pretty much do and say, anything…and, has.

Second Example:  On August August 26, 2016: CBS This Morning did it again, in their sly interview with Joshua Green.  Not mentioned by Joshua Green in the piece?

Steve Bannon‘s DV charge.  Not mentioned by a single CBS, “anchor” in the piece?  Steve Bannon’s DV charge.  See how it works?

What’s it gonna take CBS This Morning, to get to the meat of the matter and practice real journalism?  How about the Fairness Doctrine!

However, it wasn’t until noted reptilian and Donald Trump suck up, Roger Stone, (Full Disclosure: Stone blocked me on Twitter) had a discussion regarding possible genitalia mutiliaton of Huma Abedin, with none other than, frothing-at-the-mouth, Alex Jones, on August 23, 2016,

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and the rest of lame duck media, ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, MSNC — shrugged, that  Trump new his idea was a winner.  

What the hey.

After all, if nothing happened after the American Nazi Party endorsed Trump, the sky’s the limit!

And lets not forget the Klan supports Trump too.  After all, Trump might be able to get the support of every hate-group and American born, home-grown, terrorist-in-the-making!

KKK wizards on TV

Yes, this KKK endorsement from the Rebel Brigade of the Knights of the Klu Klux Klan.

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Means Trump TV Media will out-Breitbart, Brietbart.  Trump TV Media will make FOX look like child’s play.  Trump TV Media will out-sludge, Drudge.  Trump TV media will feature pretty, vacuous women, who will bring stupid to a new low.

It’ll be wildly popular.

Duck Dynasty Commander may move from A&E to the Trump TV Media Channel.

This began when, “I’ll release my taxes when the audits are over” became, no release…and no MSM comment, while — Hillary released 28 years of taxes….but MSM remains focused on emails. 

So when Trump recognized journalism is scant, and correctly guessed media is in its present state, is ripe for profitable exploitation:  Folks, he’s all over it.

Trump’s latest, post-election plan is right out of the Rupert Murdoch playbook.

Let’s hope the FCC remembers this all began when the Fairness Doctrine was eliminated

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Surprise: The Trump take-down already happened

Gold StarHey folks, no more Trump worries!

Not to take anything from Hillary — our future president — whose career in public service began with making sure the rights of disabled children to have equal access to education was codified;  but I digress. The news is in.

Hillary and Tim take a breath!  Trump has been taken out.

Media can’t report it yet. (Doing so would be in direct conflict with their much needed ad revenues); but here’s the scoop.  Trump’s been taken out.  Trump’s incapacitated.  Think of Trump like the walking dead.

Here’s how it went down…and no, as a committed carnival barker, it wasn’t Trump’s multiple business failings.

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Trump’s Fatal Flaw: was revealed months ago.

“Fatal flaw” not in the professional sense.  Such as Trump’s colossal cluelessness about the world, including not knowing where some countries are; or who’s running them from behind-the-scenes, as Hillary does – as was later revealed in Matt Lauer’s pathetic interview, where Trump both lied, and accidentally revealed just some of his colossal incompetence. (Such as being completely unaware of a military court.)

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Trump remains clueless about the world writ large. Military personnel knows how dangerous that is.

No veteran is dumb enough to vote for a guy that dumb.  Let him talk about Hillary’s emails.  GOP will be kicking that dead horse well into Hillary’s second term.

But I’m talking about  Trump’s personal, fatal flaw.

Remember when Megyn Kelly interviewed Trump after their fight?  The best part was Megyn’s lightening-quick reflexes, like a champion wrestler; pinning Trump down on all the horrible things he’d said about her.

I remember thinking Trump would finally apologize  — on live TV!  It would be fun! Particularly as by now, Americans were getting uneasy about Trump’s peculiar refusal to do so.  Thought it would all be for the good:   That Trump’s apology delivered on May 17, 2016; was going to touted as a Megyn Kelly scoop…and God know’s she’d earned it.

The camera zoomed in.

Trump smiled, shrugged, leaned a little forward and said, 

“Excuse me.”  

(Cue sound of record needle scratching vinyl) 

Huh?  “Excuse me” but delivered without a follow-up, apology?

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Correct.  Turns out, “Excuse me” is as close as Trump will ever get to “I’m sorry.”  

That was the moment I realized Trump’s signature failure of character, in full view —and blinking like a neon light on moonless night, would quietly set the stage for his downfall.

Neon light Goodbye

Coming soon:

Trump’s New York Child Rape trial:   Will begin in November.

San Diego’s Trump University trial: How Trump financially devastated people who just wanted to buy a condo.  (Lawsuit number 3,501.)

Veterans don’t really care that Trump the con man, made money off supporters by jacking up prices.

Veterans care Trump petitioned to keep homeless veterans away from Trump Tower.

Law enforcement cares about this.

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Yes, we will excuse you — from the Presidency.

The United States cannot afford a President who cannot admit to the human frailty of being wrong.  I also thought Trump would ignore our noticing this as he is prone to do.  (This too, came to pass.)  But anyone incapable of admitting to a wrong, ultimately wins the fallout.  The only question is: “When.”

One other thing.  Trump was taken out in a stealth attack.  Media won’t call it until the election; because:  ad revenues.  But I’m calling it now.  Am also happy Trump unwittingly provided the key assist for his take-down.

Enough already.  Who knocked out Trump?

Our military. A military long accustomed to performing heroically in adverse conditions.  Our military.  This time — just like in WWII; our military stepped in to save America

By the way – Trump’s ties to Russia remain, very strong.

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hat tip to Twitter friend Adam Khan. (No relation.)

And they did so quietly.  In an triple-act of righteous honor, cunning; and coupled with the military’s famously inappropriate but hilarious sense of humor; our military came through.  

Yes, America. Because after Donald Trump single-handedly froze military hearts, military minds snapped together with the clarity needed to execute a maneuver.  It’s over.  All that’s left is Trump’s funeral.  Because on November 8, 2016, with their 22 million strong, our military is voting out the Republican Party’s wimp candidate. 

That would be the Republican Party candidate who refused to show his taxes…since the last time when it was revealed Trump didn’t pay a penny in taxes in 1981.

That would be the Republican Party candidate, whose history is taking legal actions against veterans who appeared too near his Trump Tower,

That would be the Republican Party candidate who stiffed workers while taking tax cuts.

Trump.  The guy now whining about debate times set last year.  

While the military was likely as tired of Trump’s whining as the rest of us, Trump’s attack on Gold Star families signaled his demise. It’s done. More good news?  Military families will vote right along with military personnel.  

Nothing else worked

In fairness, as is often the case when dealing with crazy loons with despot-like behaviors; the military was needed since the Four Estate completely, bailed.  America media types, anchors, and pundits alike, rather than vet Trump, sat on studio chairs for almost a full year, snickering at Trump’s outrageous remarks before adding,


“I can’t believe he said that.”  

Followed by, “But he’s so entertaining!”

Les Moonves, President of CBS, was as clear as he was obnoxious when he said.  “Donald Trump may not be good for America, but he’s good for TV.”

Media was so lame, on August 1, 2016,  MSNBC’s, Thomas Roberts asked, “Should Trump apologize?” on his program, in reference to Trump’s attacking the Gold Star family, Khan.

Sidebar:  How lame has Media been?  One example.   When asked what Trump had sacrificed, in relation to the Khan family; Trump answered,

“I sacrificed a lot building business and creating jobs…”

but not a single interviewer responded, “Building a business is not a “sacrifice” – and you stiffed your workers!

So clearly, as the Fourth Estate was a total wash, the military was needed.


 GOP logo HATE

Fear not. Trumpian level hate is out.

Love Trumps hate


More good news.

More good news – not round was fired. Not one member of the military was lost.

Throughout the operation, military humor remained intact as all, from the generals on down, acted.

We are likely to learn more about military humor in relation to Trump – from the generals on down, (after they appear on TV asking sharp questions) from the first journalist to publish a book on Trump’s campaign.

(You can bet book deals were likely inked months ago.)

But am thinking a preview of nuanced, military humor will be included in what will likely be a Five-set volume listing Trump’s mistakes; before getting down to actual analysis.

Meanwhile, for those of you not accustomed to military humor, a preview and a hint: People who see so much, develop a variety of coping skills when not making fun of each other. 

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To be fair, military humor is as old as – well; the military.

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The military enjoys a long history of poking fun at each other. : )

Thus with 22 million votes, military personnel are not about to vote for a guy who besmirches heroes.  Especially when it comes to a guy who seems well on his way to being Putin’s mistress.

American military personnel are too smart to vote for a guy who would send them to war against a country the President only knew existed because someone showed it to him on a map.

Also, our military personnel don’t think too much about Deferment Don.  Five deferments for bone spurs.  Please.  And don’t get me started on a Trump’s military academy education, or earning a medal for “neatness.”  (I did not make that up.)

Donald Trump - Neatness medal

Our military gives up much in return for so little.  (Military personnel are paid such meager wages that some qualify for food stamps – which is our national disgrace.)

So this time, with a nod to Propane Jane, for thoughtfully documenting those who will be showing up in numbers large enough to turn Texas and other states, dark blue, it’s our military personnel and their vote – their 22 million votes, who stepped up to save America.

Separately, with a sense of humor derived from having been reared in the military, I also find it yummy delicious, that it was a immigrant who believed in America and American values, who inadvertently, set the Trump take-down in motion.

But that’s just me.

Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Khan.  Thank you for speaking, so eloquently of what America means to you while enduring your continual heartbreak.  Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Khan, for holding fast to your American values.  Thank you for continuing to believe in, and want the best for your adopted America.  And thank you for your son, who would be proud of you.  

In conclusion

As a thank-you to our military; what say we give our military personnel a raise?

If your senator was one 41 senators listed below who blocked a bill for Veterans benefits, or one of the 40 who killed a jobs bill; lets return the favor; and vote them out, too.

41 Senators - Block Veterans

 

40 GOP Senators killed JOBS bill

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Why is ElectionJusticeUSA acting so dodgy?

So Bernie Sanders returned to his “Independent” roots after demanding (and receiving) HUGE concessions from the Democrats. Great!  That’s politics – and Bernie is doing his best to kiss and make-up nicely, too.  Good for him!

Bernie bros?  Not so much.  They remain wigged out.  Hence the covert, so-called, non-partisan, ElectionJusticeUSA.org.  (They aren’t as yet, claiming non-profit status on their website.)

Except for one thing. One important thing. ElectionJusticeUSA is trying very hard, (although failing, completely) to appear Non-partisan.  Another thing.  They are so not, non-partisan.  (Irony Alert:  The first attack on Hillary’s campaign, was from Bernie staffers, hacking into Hillary’s donor base.)

No “whos” for you!

Check out ElectionJusticeUSA’s website.

In the “Who We Are” section, Election Justice USA doesn’t really answer.  Instead of identifying members by names and titles, as is normal; Election Justice USA answers “who” with “Occupations.”  Such as “We are a collection of attorneys, journalists, activists….”  

(Really?  What journalist okayed the basic massacre of “Who, What Where, When, and Why?”)

But make no mistake.  ElectionJusticeUSA is Bernie bro wet dream come true.  They got reports y’all.  Big reports.  They’re waving ’em around.  All fair and detailed and stuff like that.  And what a coincidence; All made by them.

Bless their hearts.

Also, ElectionJusticeUSA  employs all kinds of dodgy moves to prevent the average reader from knowing they are 24/7 Bernie.  See Twitter exchange, below.  

ElectionJusticeUSA - Dodgy behavior

ElectionJusticeUSA – Dodgy behavior

Their social media “engagement” person  got back to me five hours later with a couple of names…and a little name calling.  Perhaps ElectionJusticesUSA had more important things to do.

Oh hey, good guess!

Enter Fundraising!

Wait.  Turns out ElectionJusticesUSA has a couple of, ahem, issues.  From their GoFundME  “Ask a Question” page.

ElectionJusticeUSA

Does this read like “Non-partisan” to you? (Me neither!)

They tried!

I support people trying.  But not so much dodgy behavior in reaching goals.  Rough and tumble behavior in politics – is politics. So adults should learn to deal with it.

Bernie is a pro.  Hillary is a pro.  Both have faults.

No whining!

ElectionJusticeUSA - Blaire Fellows

Looking glum:  Blaire Fellows and Jonathan Clarke – They lost the fight but press on for the masses.

Blaire Fellow, Jonathan Clarke, will go on – but it’s time we recognize the crew at ElectionJusticeUSA is not, non-partisan.  To continue to claim such is just plain, silly.

Also,  poor sports, much?  The dog in their fight has memory problems.  So much Hillary whining when it wasn’t the Russians hacking Hillary’s donor base. It was Bernie bros.   

Y’all forget that part?

Okay, so the lawyers didn’t get their restraining order.  But it’s okay.

ElectionJusticeUSA - RO denied

ElectionJusticeUSA – RO denied

Gonna  ripoff, quote Susan DuQuesnay Bankston’s,  The Good Fight.  If you’re too lazy to click, I took a couple of screen shots.  Because Susan is great, and I’m really nice that way.🙂

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Susan  puts things into place, very nicely.   Politics is rough and tumble. Or as Mitt famously said, “It’s not beanbags.”

Last,

There will always be complainers.

There will always be some people who act like spoiled children when they don’t get their way.  Don’t be that girl.  Put on your big girl pants and move on.  Or, flounce on.

(Southern women are great flouncers, so they should definitely, flounce on.)

And there should be none of the below  – three days after the DNC convention by people who claim to be Democrats in their run for local office.  Ever.

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Rena Marrocco – wants to burn Hillary but calls herself a Democrat. Don’t be that girl.

We do have important work to do.  Good God, everyone’s listened to Donald Trump, right?  Everyone knows what’s at stake, right?  

And by the way; if Bernie Sanders, (whose ego is considerable), is fighting for Hillary — it might be a good idea for the sore losers to check their mirror.

No whining; and most of all:  No undercutting Democrats while claiming to be one.

Cheers!

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Hillary deserved a worthy opponent – but got Donald Trump, instead.

Hillary as a child

Hillary as a beautiful, innocent child

In the area of “First Things First,”

as a woman who has dreamed of a woman President since I was a child; am conflicted.

I owe Hillary Clinton a huge apology, (along with Chelsea and Bill), for secretly wanting Trump to win the GOP nomination. 

My desire was self-serving.

Hillary in college

Hillary in college

 

I simply wanted to watch, (knowing Hillary’s 30 plus years of experience began in college), made her the most qualified candidate of either party, to mop the floor with the other side.

GOP, however, delivered unto the world, not a candidate; but an abomination, instead.  

Both men on the GOP ticket, have proven themselves to be anti-American in values; with a bonus for Mike Pence for his votes against veterans and widows of veterans!   Trump?  Heck, I know why Trump’s parents sent him to a military academy (where Donnie scored a medal for “Neatness”), they didn’t like him, either.

But I am not happy Hillary never got a real opponent.  She got a misogynist-racist, carnival barker.  Who doesn’t like veterans any more than his Vice-Presidential, pick; and has no plan.  Or attention span.  As a bonus, Trump knows zip about the military.  See here from Matt Lauer’s softball questions.

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Veterans aren’t stupid enough to vote for a failed business man (21 bankruptcies) who would put their life in danger.

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You pay your money – you take your chances – (But Trump is a crap-shoot.)

I called it Seven months ago.  

Seven months ago I said:

“This presidential race will boil down to the most qualified candidate in the world; versus:  Misogyny.

Misogyny first:

Walmart

Business Misogyny

racism second.”

Young Hillary - Civil rights

On the Democratic side we have Hillary:   In the trenches for equal rights for 30 years.

On the GOP side:  We have…the Chief Birther.

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So in that regard, Trump filling a dual roles as top misogynist-racist; is, Perfect!

Also, Trump chose as his, Second-In-Command; Mike Pence. Who did this.

Pence legislating misogyny

Pence legislating misogyny  Plainly speaking, the dude has a problem with women.

But wait – there’s more.  If you think Pence is Veteran friendly, I cordially invite you to rethink that notion.

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Mike Pence is heavily anti-veteran – and against widows of veterans.

Hillary, girlfriend; – you’ve got your work cut out for you.  Especially since neither party will discuss the obvious….and Matt Lauer made the hashtag, #LaueringTheBar trend after his disastrous “interview.”

But some women aren’t helpful. I live in San Diego.  Our Democratic Party leader refuses to make the solution for safety of women a platform.  Her name is Francine Busby.  

But mostly, Hillary.  The problem with criminal cops. The secondary problem is the therapists like Dr. Michael Mantrell, who okay these weirdos as “fit for duty.

Black eyes matter.  Lone wolf attackers often start with attacks on their wives or girlfriends.  Women are the canary in the coal mine. This includes police officers attacking family members.  Or committing on-duty rapes.

Just today  – Retired NY Police Lt. Vincent Curulli – 

Bad Cop Vincent Curulli - multiple DV arrests

Bad Cop Vincent Curulli – multiple DV arrests

Quick aside:  Dear Hillary, I found one solution to Domestic Violence.  I discovered that judge could order, live-saving, Effective Restraining orders. (It’s a high-tech solution).  Sadly, six years later, I found that not one judge cares about women enough, to use it.  If you know of any judges willing to help you help women live, have someone call me.  Thanks!

But still:  I really hadn’t figured on the guy who openly said he’d probably date his daughter, would be quite the total nut job he turned out to be.  (However I am glad people are beginning to comment on Trump’s obvious mental health issues.)  In fairness, at the time, I was unaware the Republican Party had devolved into total anti-American, stupidity. 

Although; there were clues.

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But, I digress.


Back to Misogyny!

Hillary will have to contend with vast quantities of misogyny in media.  And I don’t mean “FOX” this time.  Misogyny especially by women. Click —>  CBS demonstrated a prime example of misogyny regarding online harassment to read one very alarming attack, by women on a father attempting to protect his daughter from targeted harassment.


Selfishly, I wanted Hillary to beat a GOP nominee who was strong and fair; who at the very least, knew foreign policy.

But GOP gave us a man who is not only so globally clueless as to qualify as the village idiot, but as a bonus:  who could also be diagnosed as certifiable.  

The strange part was GOP did so, with no apologies. I really wanted a worthy opponent.  One who has done the kind of work Hillary has.  Like this.

 

(A stranger part is Trump insists he loves Veterans.  Nah.  Trump petitioned to have homeless Veterans removed from an area near Trump Plaza.)

Also, heads up media. Given Trump only answers to the voices in his head – consider,

Will Trump debate?  It’s not a given.

  1. Hillary has released about 30 years of taxes; and  

2.  Trump refuses to release any taxes. (Media remains largely asleep at the wheel.)

3.  although Debates are scheduled – since Trump refuses to prove he’s as rich as he claims, why would Trump debate?  Especially when his habit is to jettison reporters from his “private” rallies.

Another thing: As an aside, The Republican Party is so patently cowardly, not one member called Trump out when he asked Putin to interfere in our election.  Until, Day Two.

Trump-Putin-PenceConsider this:   Trump’s own son is quoted in a Washington Post article:

Donald Trump Jr. — who is also an executive with Trump’s business — makes clear how the company in 2008 sought business from wealthy Russians.In terms of high-end product influx into the U.S., Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets,” he said at a conference that year, according to news reports. “We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”

The jig is up.

Trump is not a good businessman.  Here’s 21 Chapter 11’s media didn’t find.

Trump 21 Chapter11s

 

GOP is 24/7 Anti-American Tea Party with seemingly, boundless energy for hate towards women, especially black women, and most immigrant Americans.

But misogynist racists love Trump.  And America has a few of them.  So, Trump has the misogynist-racist vote, down.  For sure.

Thus the job for Democrats, is:  Early voting.  Because you know the Republicans will try to suppress the vote.  Or distributing flyers saying to be sure and vote — the day after the election.  Especially in the South.

Fool ’em.  Vote early!

Best for last

I’m sorry you didn’t have a worthy opponent, Hillary.  But I thank you for all you’ve done.  And I want to help you end the problem of women getting killed after filing for divorce or a change of custody. The issue of violating restraining orders could be over with the cost-effective use of high-technology.  However, the issue of judges not caring enough about women and keeping them at risk, remains.

Helping change this dynamic could be your legacy.  Please let me know if you’re interested.

In conclusion:  a reality check:  If you’re voting for Trump:  See below.

Racist-bigot votes

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Will the Secret Service get Hillary killed? Veteran Trump “advisor” Al Baldasaro NOT arrested for treason.

SecretServiceBadgeReal Talk:  While Trump promises a “LAW and ORDER” mandate — the reality is, Trump has been promoting violence since the beginning of his crazy, reality-show type, campaign.

For sport.  

Not that the Secret Service seems to mind.  I reported rcdrurysa to Twitter in July, 2016.  Response?

                                                                 ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Directed a tweet to my to the Secret Service on, August 11, 2016.

Hillary - Secret Service Request August 11, 2016

Fourth Estate not demanding appropriate governmental response. Media ignores Trump’s refusal to provide tax records.  Media focused remains Hillary’s private emails, because; L-A-Z-Y? Bring back Fairness Doctrine!

Trump is jonesing for a hit on Hillary.  Proving himself the great Pooh-bah of the lunatic fringe, on September 16, Trump invited the Secret Service to disarm themselves around Hillary.  

That Trump doesn’t sound Presidential to anyone, is not the point.  Briefly, he’s insane.

Trump’s earlier attack on Hillary referenced the Supreme Court (for which Republicans refuse to hold hearings.)  Trump assassination talk was in a sly reference of how to stop  Hillary from appointing candidates for the Supreme Court and there being nothing anyone can do about it, adding “although maybe the Second Amendment people before his thought trailed off.  However, the implication was there – as evidenced by the shocked look on the face of the man in the red shirt on the right, demonstrated.  

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Similar to a JFK Treason Poster below.  (Complete with how not to spell, “marriage.”)

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After Reagan killed the Fairness Doctrine; the FOX based “Lunatic Fringe” went mainstream.

The results could be deadly for Hillary Clinton.  Much like Trump’s insane candidacy, media appeared not to notice until Trump’s dog-whistle assassination, mention.

Therefore, on July 21, 2016, was the first to go on record with my fear of the real possibility that the Secret Service could get Hillary Clinton killed. Their ineptness appears to be building a separate, legend.

Sound far-fetched?

Well, consider the run-up.    

This Tweet from Riverside County GOP

RIverside County GOP Promoted ViolenceStory here. Riverside County GOP Chairman Scott Mann said: “I was made aware of derogatory Tweet this afternoon toward Secretary Clinton when the Press-Enterprise called me for comment. I was horrified and had the Tweet taken down immediately. While some may think it was political satire, it clearly has no place in American political dialogue.
“As Chairman of the Republican Party of Riverside County, I apologize to everyone and anyone who was offended by it. I have taken steps to ensure that the individual who posted the Tweet no longer has access and I can assure you the person responsible will be held accountable.”

The Secret Service?  

The Secret Service said they were aware of it.  Nifty.  The Secret Service response bears a resemblance to police statements made after a terrorist blows up people and buildings. I can’t be the only one who notices police response is generally,

“We were aware of XYZ; and had them on our radar.”

Other threats – Other Secret Service shrugs

Licking County Commissioner Duane Flowers

Ohio’s Licking County Commission Duane Flowers later apologized.

No word the Secret Service is investigating an OHIO case.

That would be Licking County Commissioner Duane Flowers, who said “Hillary Clinton should be hanging from a tree

proving yet again that openly wishing death on a Presidential candidate, is indicative of misogyny in the extreme.

Although Flowers later apologized; the facts are simple.

An elected official who feels entirely comfortable openly wishing death on Hillary Clinton – America’s first female Presidential candidate, signals  how deeply misogyny is embedded in American DNA.

And it’s downright scary. Need a few more police misogyny clues?  No problem!  Happy to help! Click here.

Trump supporters being extremely vocal in their belief executing Hillary is “in the Constitution” – direct from a report in Mother Jones.  Including,

She’s extremely corrupt, she’s extremely dangerous,” said Rhonda Welsch, a 55-year-old food and beverage worker at a Hawaii resort. “I think that’s what she deserves: the death penalty.”

Secret Service response? Crickets.  (Again.)  Clearly there are no more Clint Hill’s.

Next we have an elected New Hampshire official stating Hillary Clinton should be put before a firing squad.  (I am not making this up.)

New Hampshire Unhinged Legislator Al Baldasaro

New Hampshire’s Unhinged Legislator: Al Baldasaro

But it’s New Hampshire so, consider the source.

New Hampshire is known for their in unhinged, misogynistic rants.  That said, traitorous rantings from a former Marine cannot be ignored.  Still, New Hampshire legislator Al Baldasaro home to the slogan,  “Live free or Die” is the same state that brought us the longest serving New Hampshire alderman, Crow Dickinson.  Crow liked to crow and famously said, “Domestic Violence is a gimmick.”  Crow believed women should not have equal protection under the Constitution to be safe.  Specifically, Crow said,

“I don’t think taxpayers should be responsible for funding a program that takes in abused women,” Dickinson said. “The church should, the neighbors should, and anybody who’s interested should. But not taxpayers. “
Dickinson said, “Clearly, there’s a need” for such a program. But he also said Starting Point is a “new program” that “needs to demonstrate they can do whatever they’re doing and be successful and show a big need. “
Starting Point has been in existence since 1981.
”There are a lot of women who use (domestic violence) as a gimmick in divorce proceedings,” Dickinson said. “All they have to do is call the police and get the person thrown out. If I call the police and say you’re abusing me, they’d have to believe me. I wish people would split up and be more polite about it. “
Although Dickinson said he had “absolutely no question” that there are legitimate cases of domestic violence, he added, “Just because you have a worthy cause doesn’t mean we should put money in a tin cup. Some people are very convincing. It’s not an easy thing to say no. “
Instead of taxpayers being asked to give the organization money, Dickinson said, “A lot of people could make contributions to this effort.”

(When I called Crow on his anti-American rhetoric against women, he hung up on me.)

So that’s New Hampshire’s background for which blowhard Al Baldasaro’s firing-squad rhetoric, below, came.


“I’m a veteran that went to Desert Shield, Desert Storm. I’m also a father who sent a son to war, to Iraq, as a Marine Corps helicopter avionics technician. Hillary Clinton to me is the Jane Fonda of the Vietnam,” Baldasaro said. “She is a disgrace for the lies that she told those mothers about their children that got killed over there in Benghazi. She dropped the ball on over 400 emails requesting back up security. Something’s wrong there.”

“This whole thing disgusts me, Hillary Clinton should be put in the firing line and shot for treason,” Baldasaro added.

Why Baldasaro wasn’t escorted out by the Secret Service thirty seconds after those remarks, is:  America’s first clue the Secret Service is not on the job.

Of course Baldasaro, like the rest of GOP, ignores that Bush and Colin Powell both deleted emails. But as Republican Crow Dickinson and crazy blowhard Al Baldasaro proved: in a GOP world, men enjoy one standard; women quite another.  

So it’s not the emails.  Emails are merely a convenient cover for misogyny. If it wasn’t emails, it would be something else.  Tonight we’ll likely hear more angry attacks on Hillary Clinton from the reality-star entertainer-GOP nominee.  Media loves this, for ratings. Ratings equal ad dollars.  Misogyny for profit!

What’s worrisome, is, under Joe Clancy, the Secret Service seems to be comatose when Baldasaro, a Trump delegate to the Republican National Convention of 2016, made his unprecedented “Firing squad” remark.

That Baldasaro is a dangerous fool cannot be denied.  But is he also, unhinged?

The point is the lack of security for Hillary Clinton.  The Secret Service is well aware Trump gatherings since the beginning, were designed by Trump to promote violent assaults.  Trump is so clueless he actually thinks anything that make good TV, trumps all.  Trump’s an entertainer.  A voting member of the Screen Actors Guild.  He is a television personality — running for president; and creating a dangerous real-life horror show along the way.

Scary is Joe Clancy allowing the Secret Service to become bit players in Trump’a reality show, charade.  Our Secret Service has done nothing to tamp down Trump’s real-life, violent rhetoric.  Why?

It’s mot as if women everywhere don’t know that Any threat unaddressed is a threat that is made with tacit approval.  So the question must be asked:  What service is the Secret Service providing for Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton?  Right now it seems to be a secret.

How the Secret Service should have handled Baldasaro

The correct Secret Service response would have been, immediate.

The correct Secret Service response would have been to quickly and quietly surround Baldarosa, then walking him off the stage, out of the area (to an undisclosed area) — followed shortly after with a press conference announcing Baldarosa was being held during their investigation, and that part of the investigation included testing.  

The Secret Service response to specific questions referencing mental health testing of Baldarosa, would be a terse, “No comment” – leaving reporters to their sources.  Ending the press conference, the Secret Service spokesperson would mention Baldarosa was placed on a “No Fly” list until further notice.

In other words, the appropriate Secret Service response would be a heads up – the Secret Service will not tolerate any talk of treason, period.

That didn’t happen.  Nothing of the sort, happened.  By the day’s end the Secret Service merely said they were “investigating.”  Very tame.

What happened to the “rapid response” the Secret Service used to be famous for?

Silly rabbit.  Quick action is for men.

This is why all women —but especially Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, should worry.    And that’s separate from Donald Trump slyly inviting her murder.

Does anyone not know the climate of violence against women is amping up?

With a fist-pump from the GOP nominee, Americans feel quite comfortable stating their violent wishes.  We have become, thanks to Trump, an increasingly violent county…and an especially misogynistic one.  Including our police.  Consider this:  All by themselves; in a listing of  all government occupations:  Our police earned the highest rate of domestic violence attacks against their family members.

 And they’re guarding Hillary Clinton.  Still feeling comfortable?

(Yes, thanks.  I do remember the Secret Service busily arranging for private hook-ups when they were supposed to be doing protecting our President in South America.) 

What else?

Media.  Given the Secret Service’s dim view of women to begin with — and separate from the firing-squad rhetoric; add media interviewing as the worst optic of all:

Former Governor, Haley Barbour, interviewed by Chuck Todd, as a “distinguished” Republican.

Tellingly, Chuck Todd never once referenced Barbour’s misogynistic past support of wife killers.

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Haley Barbour – frees wife killers.

Haley Barbour released Michael David Graham, sentenced to life after Michael blew away Adrienne Klasky, his ex-wife, after Adrienne made the mistake of driving to the same intersection as Michael, three years after their divorce.  Graham blew her away at the light with his handy shot-gun and a blast to her head.

Graham was tried, convicted, sentenced to life in prison, and wound up working in the Governor’s mansion after becoming a “trustee.” But Haley Barbour liked the killer.  So being a good ole boy, Haley Barbour decided a life sentence was too much for his pal.  So Graham and 8 other killers were freed by Law and Order Haley Barbour and now are free walking men.  

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Adrienne Klasky – killed 3 yrs post divorce

A brief background on Adrienne Klasky’s murder.  Ambush style, from the first police officer to arrive on-scene.

Wife killer Michael David Graham

Michael David Graham

Law and Order?  Where?

Consider Tucson Police Department officer Brandon Tatum, who sucker punched a protestor who was being escorted out of the stadium.  Tatum was arrested but the Pima County DA “declined to prosecute Tatum for his unprovoked attack.  Tatum promptly changed his Facebook page to look less, “para-military” to flat-out, “military.”

Sucker punching Tucson Police officer Brandon Tatum

all while (I’m not making this up) preaching Love as the solution.  Tatum’s right.   Just on the wrong team.  Pima County DA, Barbara LaWall, provided the cop standard, get-out-of-jail-free, card; when she “declined to prosecute” Tatum for his assault.

Sucker punching Tucson Cop, Brandon Tatum says to LOVE

Sucker punching Tucson cop, Brandon Tatum, now claims we all need LOVE to make America great.

Law and Order: Where?

Have a gander at these police officers!  Cops attacking women, including their wives, both on and off duty.  

In Congress?  Misogyny wins.  Has won for hundreds of years.  Who believes Hillary Clinton is safe with this kind of record?

Secret Service

When might the Secret Service begin doing their job?  Here, let me help.  Here’s the Code Section.  18 U.S.C. § 879 

The Secret Service under Joe Clancy – a West Point graduate, is not unaware.  However, Secret Serice inaction signals a huge problem for Hillary Clinton’s safety.  

House Judiciary Committee hearing on "Oversight of the United States Secret Service." with acting Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy.

House Judiciary Committee hearing on “Oversight of the United States Secret Service.” with acting Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy.

Joe Clancy’s testimony for a bigger budget for 2017, is geared to Defense.  Not Pro-active.  Also, as has been demonstrated, their “protection training” clearly, isn’t cutting it.

 “I am also pleased to report that the establishment of a standalone Office of Training (Training) is producing big results for the agency. Beyond the basic training necessary to support our expanded hiring activities, Training has increased its offerings for our existing workforce. In the past year alone, nearly 800 Uniformed Division officers have attended Emergency Action and Building Defense training, while another 650 officers attended mission in-service training. Training also conducted 30 candidate protection training sessions at the JJRTC and in the field for a total of 943 special agents. Another 11 detail training courses for 221 special agents were completed, all while maintaining an extremely demanding operational tempo.”

Buzzfeed News reported Baladasro stands by his comments,  much like Trump’s German butler.  The Secret Service sees a pattern building – but chooses, steadfastly, to ignore it.

As the Secret Service is not only not women friendly, (except for working girls) the question must be asked:  Is the Secret Service putting Clinton at risk?  I think it is.

By now most Americans realize the Republican Party is almost wholly, misogynistic. The Republican Convention for 2016, is nothing short of a misogyny rally. Threats are now made often, openly, on prime time, and; largely ignored. To be blunt, Hillary Clinton is not safe.  

If our Secret Service personnel continue to allow GOP’s misogyny rally, headed by Trump to unfold, we need new agents and a new director; stat.

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Would Sean Smith be proud of his mother, Patricia Smith?

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Sean Smith signed up with the Air Force right after high school.

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Sean Smith: Dad to Samantha and Nathan

I felt sorry for Patricia Smith last night.

Right up until the beginning of the middle, of Smith’s over-the-top, harangue.

It happened when Smith said something that made her Hillary-centric vitriol, suddenly fall into place.

As Smith rolled through her long, hateful list of of all things Clinton, including her wish Hillary be in prison, I felt badly for Hillary Clinton — knowing she would not respond given Patricia Smith remains out-of-her-mind with grief.  A grief that’s long since morphed into the kind of venomous, soul-killing, hatred, that was ripe for Trump to easily take advantage.

(I would say “Shame on Trump” except; waste of time.  As Trump’s 3,500 lawsuits and five deferments exhibit.) 

But then Smith accidentally revealed something that tipped me her hate is likely the direct result of something else, entirely.

Reporters missed it; but came to light when, as Patricia Smith, warming up her now, long-practiced vitriol said;

“The State Department only releases information to Immediate family members.”


The problem is Patricia Smith still sees herself as an “immediate family” member.


That’s when I knew the real problem wasn’t Hillary Clinton.  It wasn’t Hillary Clinton at all.

Patricia Smith’s issue is the State Department recognizing Heather; Sean’s Smith’s widow, her daughter-in-law and mother to her two grandchildren, as the “immediate family member,” go-to for everything involving Smith’s only child, Sean.

Yes, it’s the classic, Mother and daughter-in-law conflict after an untimely, death.

Sean Smith was an only child.  His wife, Heather, who has been in touch with the State Department, has, not surprisingly, an entirely opposite view of the situation. Heather released a statement saying she was happy with the State Department.

“First, let me thank everyone for the outpouring of support and love my family has received in the wake of this tragedy. As the country mourns the death of four great patriots, my family is grieving for a husband and father lost. The amazing tributes to him have given the entire world a glimpse of the man we loved and we are thankful for every kind word,” she said.

“During this time, the official and unofficial support and communications I have experienced with the Department of State and FBI have been free flowing, and I have been satisfied with the level of information I have received. I have no doubt that I will also be made aware of any new facts as they are uncovered throughout the investigations.”

“Sean was a wonderful man. He supported the mission of diplomacy and served his country with pride and optimism,” said Smith. “We miss him every day.”

Sean Smith had been married for a long time.  He was pretty well known for operating in the shadows, always eschewing the limelight, as he achieved his goals – via work and gaming.

Also, Sean Smith was a Dad.  Father to two kids; one each flavor.  He had a life.  But in an interview with San Diego’s NBC News, Patricia Smith showed her preferred side, as the report mentioned

“Smith said she wants to honor her son’s memory in another way.
She’s considering selling her home to help raise money to send her sons ashes into space.”

So the question must be asked:

Why would Patricia Smith feel she had ownership of her long-married, son’s ashes? What if Sean’s widow and his children didn’t want Sean’s ashes shot into space?

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Patricia Smith wants to send her son’s ashes to space

Then another thought popped into my head.

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Patricia Smith – spewing hate

Most remember the hit TV show, “Everyone loves Raymond

One of the reasons Everyone Loves Raymond was so popular was not everyone loved Raymond’s Mother on the show; the pushy, the demanding, Marie Barone.

Marie Barone

Is Patricia Smith a Marie Barone?

“He’s my only child, but he turned out to be a perfect kid” Patricia said at the time of one of her first interviews.

Then, as the State Department turned to Heather, Smith’s rhetoric became heated.  FOX loved it.  In San Diego, where Smith resides – she became a sought after guest of the likes of the likes of Sean Hannity.  Newspaper articles quoted her as being stonewalled by the State Department with headlines like the false narrative, “Patricia Smith Fights for Answers.”

“I wasn’t looking for my 15 minutes of fame. I’m not a political person at all — I’m just angry,” Smith said, adding that she has no party affiliation.

Her anger centers on insufficient security at the U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya where the assault occurred last year, along with the administration’s massaging of talking points that downplay the nature of the terrorist incident. That wrath was evident in a comment she made during a Mother’s Day appearance on the “Huckabee” show on Fox News.

Patricia Smith

“I interrupted (Mike Huckabee) to wish Hillary a happy Mother’s Day,” Smith said of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who held the post when her son died from smoke inhalation as dozens of al Qaida-linked militants overran the compound. “She’s got her child. I don’t have mine, and I blame her because it was her department.”

Smith’s persistent search for accountability has endeared her to conservative commentators who view the Benghazi incident as a scandal. For example, Sean Hannity of Fox News has devoted much of his daily TV and radio shows to the issue. Smith, he said, is an important voice in the story.

“She’s one of the ones who’s been impacted the most,” he said Friday. “The families haven’t gotten answers, and I think she has a right to know the full story more than any of the rest of us, especially after eight months.”

‘I’ve heard nothing’

Again:  It should be noted the State Department was not stonewalling Patricia Smith. The State Department was following every protocol in every state, and remaining in touch with Sean Smith’s widow, Heather Smith.

Donald Trump knew he could use Patricia Smith’s grief and anger, to his advantage.  The woman who wanted no attention, is now, everywhere.

Oddly enough, Patricia seems unaware her son Sean, aka “Vile Rat” was the superb gamer, and…wait for it:   A total liberal.  No mention of that in any of Smith’s speeches.Screen Shot 2016-07-19 at 11.33.32 AM

Another thing Patricia Smith was unaware?  Sean recognized and supported the diplomatic efforts of the State Department to such an intense degree that he created a State Department for the game, “Eve” where his skills were, frankly; unmatched.

Sean Smith believed in diplomacy

Sean Smith believed in Hillary style diplomacy – Not Trump’s, ham-fisted means

Would Sean Smith, even with his great sense of humor, be appalled that the man with five deferments swooped in for his own purposes to take advantage of his Mother?

I think so.

Apparently, Patricia Smith – in her grief-morphed-hatred, was easy pickings for Trump.  She would forgive Sean for becoming a liberal, which he had become.  Or, in the words of his friend, AlexA flaming leftist.”

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Sean Smith – believed in diplomacy

As an only child, I figure Sean Smith would forgive his mother for trashing the command under which he proudly served. But I like to think he would reserve a special payback for Trump. I would ask gamers what they think, but I don’t know any as crafty as VileRat to sort of, um; fix Trump’s wagon, so to speak.  Wish I did.

Sean Smith was an amazingly cool guy and good family man.  As such I think he’d be super annoyed Trump was using his mother’s mother’s misplaced grief, to manipulate, like a puppet on a string.

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The best diplomat and computer gamer ever. VileRat: Sean Smith

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Vanderbilt gang-rape sentencing: Add Judge Monte Watkins name to the top of the list of sentencing light, Judges.

Judge Monte Watkins

Judge Monte Watkins – sympathy for the urinating, misogynistic, rapist . Zip for the victim.

Well, at least Judge Monte Watkins didn’t high-five Cory Batey.  Who says there’s no war on women?  But it turns out the last person to screw the victim was Judge Monte Watkins.Cory Batey knows what counts is:  Football.  Football counts big.

Seems Judge Monte Watkins is a fan of Vanderbilt and football.

Vanderbilt University’s gifted football player, with adjudicated past anger and alcohol issues, was looked up kindly by Judge Monte Watkins, after raping and urinating on the unconscious, gang-raped student.

Mughshot - Cory BateyJudge Watkins sentenced Cory Batey to the minimum prison sentence.  15 years. Again, I suppose we should be grateful Judge Watkins didn’t high-five him.

Having lost my lunch over this, I will waste no more time on the despicable Judge Monte Watkins.  Watkins can do his phony, judicial hand-wring somewhere else.

Here’s the victim’s statement.

The woman has testified in court three times in the case. Now 24 and living out of state, the woman addressed the court Friday, her fourth time:

“Thank you.

“It’s hard for me to stand here on display and speak to you today about the impact this has had on my life. The thought of sharing any more of myself that hasn’t already been taken from me seems unbearable, and it goes against every instinct that I have.

“I was fearful of giving a victim impact statement at all because I know that after three years and everything that has happened, I can never do it justice, and I’m scared of that failure. It will never be possible for anyone to put into words how this has affected me. You will never understand what this has done to me if you aren’t standing in my shoes. The humiliation, the pain, the isolation, being reduced to nothing but a piece of flesh right before your eyes, it does something to you that is truly impossible to describe.

“I also know that it’s hard to encapsulate the impact this has had because it is still ongoing. The attack on me didn’t end that day because I relive it in every proceeding and experience additional attacks every time I am in court.

“When I let myself think of this I become so angry and feel so powerless, even today, that speaking coherently about it at all is a challenge.

“But, after what was done to me that night and three years of abuse at the hands of the defendant, I felt I had to come here and ask the court to consider the impact of his choices and his actions.

“On June 22nd of 2013, I was a happy, hard-working Vanderbilt student looking forward to my future. I was twenty-one years old. I’ve seen with my own eyes what I was when Mr. Batey was done with me: a piece of trash, face down in a hallway covered in his urine and palm prints.

“A photograph he took himself.

“There are no words to describe the horror of the images from that night and how it feels to watch yourself be dehumanized.

“A detective showed me some of those photos and videos that you and forty-two jurors have now seen so many times, and what I saw was image after image of my genitalia covering the entire frame on the screen. These stark, alien-looking fingers all over the flesh were moving from frame to frame, with multiple hands reaching in. Videos played, and I heard the laughing. I heard the degrading, taunting voices.

“My memory of the images I was shown then starts to flash in and out. The realization of all the different ways that they raped me, that people can see these close up pictures of my body, the unknown of what was done to me in those thirty minutes that wasn’t recorded — it was incomprehensible. I wanted to run away and never stop running.

“At one point I saw what I first thought was a dead woman’s face. I was suddenly overwhelmed by my memory of a family member’s corpse, and then I realized that it’s me. They had taken a picture of my face during the rape. I was lifeless and my face was covered in something shiny. I didn’t recognize myself.

“Something permanent snapped that day. I felt myself detach from my body. Now, I feel like I’m walking around in the shell of someone else. A part of me went numb, a sense of being a whole person with hopes and dreams about what’s possible in the world was now gone.

“I felt my belief that people are inherently good twist into some cruel joke in an instant. I even blamed myself for believing that people weren’t capable of something like this and that the world is a better place than it is, when the truth was that I did nothing wrong. No one should ever have to experience what I have. Mr. Batey is to blame for his actions and his choices.

“I was twenty-one years old when this happened. I’m twenty-four today. Since the horror of that night, all I have wanted is for this to be behind me, to be left alone and try to live my life in peace, but the process to get justice has been a never-ending, constant misery that has twisted itself so into my life that I can’t even remember what it was like in a time when this wasn’t happening. Everything the defendant has done in this case and the media circus surrounding it have been a continuous disruption repeatedly dragging me back every step I try to take forward. I can only feel that the defendant has intentionally wanted this to be as tortuous for me as possible.

“Part of the impact this has had and will continue to have on my life is the media scrutiny, invited by Mr. Batey’s own high-profile status and amplified by his own television interviews. What happened to me that night has been compounded by the live-streaming, tweeting, and international dissemination of every detail of how I was degraded and humiliated for all posterity. In this age of technology, anyone I ever meet in my personal or professional life can learn I am a rape victim and the details of the case before I’ve even fully introduced myself to them. There is no way for me to even know if any given person I interact with has done so. This is something I now have to expect for the rest of my life.

“It is also hard for me to push aside all of the attempts by the defendant to misrepresent himself and disparage my character, because I could stand here for hours talking about the impact of all the lies I’ve had to sit in this courtroom and listen to. I remember each and everyone of them, and every time it hurt me. It made me angry because I didn’t have a voice, and I couldn’t say anything. I shouldn’t even have to defend myself, and even if I could everything I share about myself here is repeated by the national media. It got so bad that for the last two trials I couldn’t even bear to sit in here and listen to it. Part of me does want to stand here for hours and hours and go through every single thing Mr. Batey has done throughout this case, but the truth is that the focus never should have been on me. I was unconscious. I was driven and carried to the crime scene. The defendant was a complete stranger.

“Again, the attack on me didn’t end that day because I relive it in every proceeding and am constantly experiencing additional attacks. The fact that I even had to breathe the same air as the men who did this to me ever again to me is unthinkable. But, I have endured all of this because the details of the rape are so horrific, and there is so much irrefutable evidence, I knew that they had to be stopped and held accountable.

“This is a serious violent crime, and it must receive the enhanced punishment it deserves. Any victim should know they would have justice if they went through the process.

“I am asking that Mr. Batey receive the maximum sentence of 25 years under the law to set the amount of time that he will not be able to do this to another victim, to deter others like him, and based on the particularly egregious nature of the rape itself. He did not commit just one act of violence against me.

“There were five acts of sexual assault and rape committed by him and him alone, and there were seven acts of violence he was found guilty of committing against me. But sexual assault was not where the attack ended. Mr. Batey continued to abuse and degrade me, urinating on my face while uttering horrific racial hate speech that suggested I deserved what he was doing to me because of the color of my skin. He didn’t even know who I was. I also ask for the maximum sentence of twenty-five years as is appropriate for the impact this has had and will continue to have on me every day for the rest of my life.”

(Editor’s note: There was mention in prior trials that Batey made a racial statement during the rape. Prosecutors argued to keep that statement from being used during trial and it was never revealed publicly.)”

 

 

 

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Is Air Force Academy recruit Jack Warmlots, a Brock Turner, Brandon Vandenburg in the making?

Two, separate themes featuring ending denial

A. The denial of the right of raped women to seek criminal prosecution; no matter how the raped occurred.  No matter how also includes when the rapist is a college or professional athlete; and

B. the denial of consequences for the rapist due to judicial bias.

Both forms of denial are geared to support for the business of college sports; over the rights of women not to be raped.   No matter what.

Sentencing of: Brandon Vandenburg and Corey Batey or, put another way – what is wrong with women – and some media types?


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Beth Shepard

As sentencing approaches for Brandon Vandenburg and Corey Batey, now seems a good time to demonstrate what was true in the beginning for the Vanderbilt University gang-rape, is less true today, (minus Coach Franklin’s hasty retreat to another college.)

A few pictorial examples from the first trial at Vanderbilt…from Beth Shepard.  Who seems to be a defense plant.  One hopes she isn’t real.

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From Beth Shepard: “This case seems like a joke,” and …”I feel sorry for the jurors but even worst (sic) of rate boys who are getting dragged into.”

More from Beth Shepard, who wrote, seemingly, from a Defense leak, point-of-view.

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Beth’s post was scrubbed.  Just not prior to a screen shot.

More of Beth’s reasoning. 

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Beth Shepard’s reasoning: “When this goes to trial i can’t wait to see this chick try to testify, it’s going to be LOL funny!”

But media also plays a role

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What happens when Nick forgets Journalism always aces media – the Joe Padula reminder.

Am specifically referencing the treatment given to one Nancy Foster.  Ms. Foster was the woman Al Perez attempted to malign and Joe Padula, abdicated his responsibility to check it out.  Sadly, NC5 Nick Beres not only gave a “hat tip to Deputy Joe Padula after his misogynistic failure to investigate. But Beres added to it with his verbal finger wagging. Some piled on.  My comment (removed) called out Padula and the station.

As I’ve repeatedly stated:  courts are a public place.   Deputies are there to protect all, and that includes the public.  Here’s a few deputies who act as thugs  in court, also.   

I immediately jumped on those who were saying she was disrespectful, as clearly those snarking seemed to have no idea at all about free speech, or that the courtrooms belong to the PUBLIC.  However, in either case, Nick abandoned journalism for media, and then piled on Nancy Foster for good measure.  Not cool.  I wonder if Nick will apologize.  

As I have been following this trial for three others, I heard Nancy’s original call in and Perez’s comments about her being drunk.  Sadly, the crux of the situation was cut from subsequent broadcasts.  Journalism?  No.  Misogynistic?  Absolutely. 

Sample NC5’s subtle misogyny in this interview with Ms. Foster.

Here’s Nancy’s response, which I hope doesn’t disappear as quickly as mine did.

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On a whim, Nancy Foster’s civil rights were violated by Deputy Joe Padula

“Nancy Anne Foster NC5_NickBeres Haunting seared images of Brandon Vandenburg smiling directly at me in and outside of the courtroom – not in the hallway – and comments made by his attorney, Albert Perez Jr., along with some neglected crucial points in your post and misguided comments here have compelled me to respond about being escorted from the Birch Building on Saturday, June 18th. I wanted this to be a story about something completely different – i.e.misogyny – and that was cut from my Skpye interview. I’ve been in broadcasting so I know – you do what you have to do. But wait – this is news and – your take?🙂 Nah. I never said, “Hi” to Brandon Vandenburg. I didn’t say Anything to him – Ever. I wasn’t harassing him in any form. And I promise really really – I didn’t “act like (a) fool(s).” I sat quietly in the back of the courtroom on Friday the 17th after resolving personal business that mandated me being at The Birch Building. Even as Brandon Vanderburg looked directly at me and beamed a confident smile as he walked past me in the courtroom on Friday, I didn’t respond to him in any Verbal – or physical – manner. I have the highest and utmost respect for the victim in this trial and and would not do anything to disrupt a courtroom, most especially during a trial of this magnitude.

I recounted the exact sequence of events when I called in to News Channel 5’s Gavel to Gavel coverage. To encapsulate and expound though: I was at the Birch Building for a Small Claims Court trial on Thursday, in which I was the plaintiff. That doesn’t matter. I had to be there so I left the the courthouse immediately after my trial on Thursday. Until I discovered your “live” broadcast coverage, I wasn’t even remotely aware of the re-trial – much less that it was in the same building – on the same floor – as I’d been in earlier that day.

So I had to finish personal business at the Birch Building on Friday – with much difficulty as I’m unable walk unaided after a car wreck – and had learned from your Coverage that the public was allowed in the Courtroom.
A policeman was very helpful in guiding me to the correct courtroom. A Court Officer – possibly Mr. Joe Padula, to whom you seemingly defer to in your post🙂 – questioned why I wanted to go into the courtroom, and I just said, “well isn’t the pubic allowed?” kinda like that and it went on but he finally sternly said, “Turn off your phone and sit only right there, on the back row, and do not move.” Yes, sir” I replied and I so obeyed that man. He seems English in his demeanor. So I sat quietly, watching the victim, total respect – and noticed that she left through a side door. Seated next to me was a man who’d been there throughout the trial as a spectator. During a break, we quietly talked and he expressed his concern for the twin brothers. I knew nothing of the family but began to see his point. I’d followed the case as it broke 3 years ago and sporadically on your broadcast so learning much more along the way.

Since it’s difficult to walk and park, I’d taken taxis to the Birch Building and knew only of the stairs on 2nd Ave. where drivers had let me out as close as possible. On Friday, I drove since I felt sure I’d find a parking place and it was late in the day – around 4:00. After the trial was officially over, I waited for the courtroom to empty so as not to impede anyone leaving since I walk very slowly. I looked up from gathering my stuff – like putting on my Ray-Bans, turning my phone back on – and saw Mr. Perez, followed closely by Brandon Vandenburg, who stared in my eyes and smiled a friendly innocuous enough smile – as if he was just a happy care-free stranger just being polite. I showed no reaction but the proximity was unsettling and the courtroom seemed almost empty – and it was a tiny courtroom. The whole point – I waited a minute to make sure I’d not run into him again.

Since the victim had left through a different door, I was surprised and a bit confused as to where Mr. Vanderburg was going. I rode in the elevator with a spectator I’d not met until then and she walked with me to the outside of the Birch Building – only to see about 7 people, including Brandon Vandenburg – standing right almost on 2nd Ave. unintentionally blocking the stairs where I needed to walk to get to my car.

When I stopped to assess the options of getting to my car on Gay Street, Brandon Vandenburg smiled at me again. I specifically did Not want to walk by them and held up my cane and smiled to indicate that I was trying to walk to my car but didn’t want to interrupt them or bother or really – be near them. Some seemed to have gotten the point, even Brandon Vandenburg! – but a blonde woman asked, “May I help you?” I uttered, “Are you the family?” since – again – I didn’t want to go near them, wasn’t sure who they were, just standing there blocking the stairs, etc. – sorta surreal that they would be standing outside the Birch Building, smiling as if it was just another beautiful day in Paradise. Mr. Perez mumbled something inaudible and I began to explain that I’d just had a trial in the Birch Building and said, “The same thing happened to me” – when he interrupted me and said, “Well, you must’ve been dunk then!!!” – followed by this knee-slapping laughter. I was terribly confused by what he meant as I didn’t know that would be a major part of the defense and wanted to finish saying that I meant I was in a trial in the Birch building when I realized he possibly thought I meant I had been assaulted in – a similar manner? Drunk = my fault? The only thing that would come out of my mouth was, “What?” – with genuine quiet confusion tone and no emotion. Then – bam! Mr. Perez immediately said “She just threatened me! Get security – NOW!!!” I looked to my right and saw a handicapped wheelchair ramp and left with the woman I’d met on the elevator as quickly as I could limp on out of there. I went to a friend’s home and we decided it was an inexplicable, strange story and I was calm and reassured by friends that I’d done nothing wrong.

I returned on Saturday as it was historical and compelling and I’d already forgotten about \what Mr. Perez said. The man I’d met on Friday who talked about feeling compassion for the twin brothers was there and the courthouse was full with the doors locked because more people had shown up on Saturday. During a break, the doors were opened and I went in to get a seat since it’s really imperative that I have a seat. Right then, Perez walked towards the door to the hallway, followed by Brandon Vandenburg, who once again smiled at me. Not wanting any trouble, I managed a very slight weak smile in return. Immediately, the Court Officer told me I had to leave. Confused, I asked him why and a police officer appeared and escorted me from the Birch Building. I never saw Brandon Vandenburg or Perez again – and not in the hallway – ever.

Timing was weird. When the nice policemen – and he was – escorted me out – suddenly I saw Rod Vandenburg and his twin sons were walking past me. I said to the twins, “I’m sorry for what you two are going through” and both politely thanked me. Rod Vandenburg mumbled a thanks and said, “We have much bigger things on our minds.”

That’s what happened. There was no “Drama in the Hallway” – no harassing or disparaging comments made by me – or Brandon Vandenburg for that matter, or any of his family. The twins looked genuinely appreciative and I am glad that I may have helped them but in the end, TRUTH, justice and respect for the victim is my concern. Peace and Love – Nancy”

It’s my sincere hope all traces of misogyny disappears from media and courthouse deputies for this and any future sentencing.  The public right to be treated respectfully in all courtrooms should not be violated by those hired to serve the public.  There are too many Joe Padula types already.

Sentencing:  Brock Turner – or put another way – Ladies, wake up!

Separate from the perv-friendly Judge Micael Aaron Persky, where jurors are practicing judicial nullification by refusing to be seated in his courtroom; by now, everyone is completely over the despicable behavior of Dan and Carleen Brock,  Brock Turner’s parents.  From his father’s  “twenty minutes of action” to Carleen Turner’s stomping her foot at the verdict and her letter to the judge whining that she no longer can enjoy decorating her new home, to Brock’s friends like drummer Leslie and even his dolt of an ex-girlfriend, Lydia Pocisk:  who wrote:

Lydia Pocisk mad at God over Brock Turner

“He was determined to be the best he could be in all he did. I say this with 100% confidence because I remember a conversation with him a few years back. I asked why he had gotten so good at everything he did, and his answer surprised me. He simply said, ‘It’s not as fun to not be successful or not work hard.’”

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She continued, “You would think a close friendship of 8 years could predict something like this happening, but the type of person Brock is could never deserve this or do anything he has been convicted of in a thousand of his lives. I have never been so angry with God in all of my life, for instilling such pain on such an undeserving soul.

Also from Ohio, comes Kate Sickinger and her letter.

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Kate Sickinger – unwilling to face Brock Turner’s DNA

Kate-email to Mike Armstrong

Criminal defense attorney Mike Armstrong was not smart enough to delete Kate’s email address and the London Publication went with it.

Apparently there exists any number of college women who are simply incapable of coming to grips with the fact some childhood pals grow up to commit sex crimes.  These women, doom others.

Don’t be one of them.

Reset:  Repeat:  More Rape Charges  – JACK WARMLOTS

Booking  photo of Jack Warmlots – a highly recruited athlete from Ohio.

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Jack Warmlots – second Air Force Academy charged with rape

DNA Evidence ties Air Force Academy cadet to a rape in Boulder.  Jack is the second rape case.

JackWarmolts-jailed

Jack Marmolts – post booking

Surprise!  Just kidding.  Here’s Jack post booking waiting for bail.

Here’s a little behind Jack Warmlots decision to apply for the Air Force Academy.  

P.S.  Like Brock Turner, Jack Warmlots also hails from  Ohio. Also like Brock Turner, friends are rallying for Jack.  No word on the victim.  The Air Force Academy’s second victim.  Misogyny is in American DNA – as evidenced, here. 

(Hey, if Generals can get away with sex crimes, why not cadets.  Fair’s fair, right?)

ESPN interview

Jack Warmolts describing his decision making skills

Jack Warmlots –  rape charge at the U.S. Air Force Academy.  Hey folks, it’s tradition!

and a fund was immediately set up to help ole Jack.

Save a rapist from his actions, Donate here!  eSome donations are for a $1,000.00 dollars a pop.  Read the comments of a doctor (first do no harm) and others, proud to donate.  They are really creepy.  

Jackwarmolts - charged with sex crime

Is it me, or does Jack Warmlots look like Brock Turner?

 

Will close with a column written a couple of years ago featuring Republican women who support rapist friendly judges during an election year.  Not that the Democrats were any better.  The Democrats didn’t even bother to run a candidate.

Although misogyny is embedded in American culture, I have noticed cracks in the culture of men and women willing to support it.  If you want to turn cracks into chasms, speak up and stop funding rape defenses.  Donate to funds supporting equal pay for women.  We have public defenders for indigent rapists. 

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Scoop! John P. Enochs two rape charges became Misdemeanor Battery with injuries

Yes.  Big scoop coming.  Sadly, it shouldn’t be a scoop, at all.  Here’s why.

This column is called “Media and the Courts” not “Journalism and the Courts” for the very good reason after media successfully worked to eliminate the Fairness Doctrine, the critical, who, what, where, how, and why, basic elements of journalism; took their leave.

How this impacts the individual is in relation to the judges they or family members might appear before…after having no awareness of which candidate they might want to vote for or against during an election year.

However, judicial elections are generally relegated to a passing mention in newspaper articles after elections, with one or two people complaining, 

“I skipped it because I didn’t know who the candidates are.”

Folks, a lack of voters awareness of judicial candidates is by design, not accident.

Two quick examples

1.  SCOOP!

john-enchochs-twice charged

John Phillip Enochs – two rape charges became a guilty plea to battery with moderate bodily injury (a class A misdemeanor.)

A national outcry even reached England’s shores after it was reported former Indiana University student and Delta Tau Delta frat rat John Enochs, who benefited after two rape charges morphed into, to a Class A Misdemeanor, for which he pleaded “guilty.”  

Not one media outlet identified the sentencing judge who ordered Probation.  Nope.

Not one.

So I will.  Because, journalism.  John P. Enochs sentencing judge was Monroe County, Division II judge,  Marc R. Kellams.  

A little about Judge Kellams.  He’s a Republican and a Catholic and once said,

“Fortunately my judicial responsibilities as a criminal court judge do not include actions that force me into ethical dilemmas.” 

Judge Marc Kellam - sentenced John Encochs

One FOX6now report was from web-producer Katie Long:  is here.

KatieDeLong-Foxnews6

Katie DeLong-producer – news producer doesn’t mean journalism.

Long didn’t identify Judge Kellams.  However, Long has  this to say about producing news.

“I feel like this position is absolutely perfect for me, as I am a web junkie! I don’t think there is a single hour in the day that I’m not doing SOMETHING online, whether it be at work, at home on my laptop, or on my Blackberry. Also a self-described newsie, I’m so excited to see how we can use technology to help keep you informed!”

Note the tags in Longs story.

Judge Kellams missing in News tags by Fox6Nothing about the Judge is even in the tags. But Long’s piece does explain how reporters and news producers no longer produce news – but are “content providers” Seemingly whose purpose is to gin up previously reported stories without adding new information.

In other words, news spam for readers who may or may not notice critical information is missing.

Last night I telephoned @FOX59 as they were local….as the Fox59 report on John Enochs sentencing was inserted into what many might believe was the IndyStar – once a reputable paper was produced by Digital Producer Greg Margason.

GregMargason-Ecochs

Digital Producer Greg Margason – producer of, what?

When I inquired who the judge was having not as seen his or her name in a single newspaper, radio, or digitally produced television news report, the Producer replied without an iota of irony,

“That was a national story which we ran from KTLA.”

That’s CBS Los Angeles, folks.  As in California.

Not one person local news outlet in Indiana, identified the sentencing judge.  But wait, it gets better!  John Enochs is from Downers Grove, Illinois.

Don’t get excited.  Behold, from the Chicago Tribune.

Chicago Tribune - Enochs

Note this is from Tribune News Service.  Key word, “service.”

Please note the “contact the reporter”  link.  To anyone thinking “Yay, a real live reporter —  nope.  This is what happens.

Chicago Tribune - Enochs - Contact the Reporter

How is digital spam killing journalism while keeping voters in the dark?

By magic!  It’s called, The illusion of choice.

Media - illusion of choice

and it’s worse for radio. Clear Channel owns most everything and the playlists mirror each other.

Media - consolidation

Wait.  Media companies making billions much reporting of the same story with no new information — and no one identified the judge?

Right.

As mentioned at the beginning…..this is by design, not accident.  

Unless people demand accountability, expect non-informational, digital spam minus basic facts, to continue.

Digital spam is how media bias eliminates critical elements journalism.  And then on a larger scale, this happens.

MEdia Coverage

Can we change this?

We can!  Lets take it one step at a time.  To assist ending the practice of media not identifying judges, please post this column to your Facebook page along with a request at least three friends contact their local media outlet with the specific request that coverage for all future cases to identify the judges in their opening paragraph.

Sure it’s a Presidential Election year.  But local elections matter; and the only intelligent voter is an informed one.

Also, and pragmatically, if newspapers and television want us to pay for their product, we really must insist the elemental basics of journalism be included.

Especially in the case of judicial officers.  These would be the same judicial officers we, the public appear before; be they civil, probate, family or criminal. Therefore media outlets claiming to deliver breaking and important news stories can no longer omit the important WHO, in the case of judicial officers, for those before the court.  This is truly, a basic part of news reporting.

Individuals who commit to notifying their local newspaper, radio or television station, that they require this information, will grow to reform media…and revive journalism.

Thanks.  Tomorrow – a new shocker in the Brandon Vandenburg case!

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Real Estate broker Rod Vandenburg to Brandon – “The apple didn’t fall far from the tree.”

BrandonVandenburg-mugshot

Brandon Vandenburg – mugshot post verdict

Rod Vandenburg - at son's gang rape-trial

Real Estate broker Rod Vandenburg at son’s gang rape trial, demonstrating more bad decisions.

Update:  GUILTY.

It didn’t take the second jury much longer than the first to convict Brandon Vandenburg…and shortly after the Saturday evening verdict was read, Brandon’s collegiate sweater was exchanged for county colors. 

Presentation matters

On Friday social media was atwitter with the attire Rodney Vandenburg chose,  as shot by News Channel 5.  

Thank God afterward, someone gave the fifty-something year old, a clue.

On the final day of trial, Rod Vandenberg  showed up for court in a way that would at least, benefit the seriousness of the gang-rape trial of son, Brandon. Rod showed up in a suit.

Okay.  Not a suit that fits; but at least, a suit.  Rod’s attire however, goes to his over-all bad decision making.  Or, put another way.  “How did we get here?” 

Rod Vandenburg - in a suit

Rod Vandenburg:  Beau Brummel spinning in grave.

I’m getting there.

Family insights

Have confirmed from two friends of Rod’s.

  1. At age fourteen Rod hired a “working girl” for Brandon.
  2. Rod has been bragging about his conquests and showing videos of his having sex with women, for years.
  3. Rod’s criminal past involved an assault on his now, ex-wife.

When I asked “why are men still friends with Rod” one answer was,  “alcohol played a role” (which I rejected.)  

But the more troublesome answer was, Media:

“Palm Springs – Palm Desert, it’s a small place and what’s happened didn’t get much play out here.  Rod’s been a successful broker.”

(That’s correct.  While the nation has been focused on campus rapes, there’s been zero coverage in the Desert Sun.)

However, both individuals I spoke with didn’t mind speaking for the simple reason that apparently, Rod has shown his videoed sex acts with women for a long, long time.  In fact – and this is just a guess, but what might be true, is,  It might be much harder to find a man Rod Vandenburg, the successful real estate broker, hasn’t shown a sex tape to in the Palm Springs area

Rod Vandenburg - Pacicific Coast Properties - Father of Brandon

Rod Vandenburg – father of Brandon Vandenburg

Rod Vandenburg's Pacific Coast Properties

Rod Vandenburg’s Pacific Coast Properties

Rod’s a busy guy.  Also with Home Quest Real Estate

Gotta love the email, “Rod4real”  

Rodney Vandenburg - Home Qwest

However, I do keep hearing one thing from those in the Palm Springs area.

Some feel sorry for everyone involved; but add,

“The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”

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Brandon Vandenburg Vanderbilt Retrial – The victim testifies

Update:  Totally Guilty

Also, the Reading of the Verdict.  (Personally, I think the jury was disgusted Brandon painted himself as a victim.)

The Victim testifies.  The Victim soon learns her protector – is post-crime, conducting himself as a victim.  The Victim is confused.  This follows:


Brandon Vandenburg blames victim - he wants to cry


A little background on the Vanderbilt’s football players gang-rape, retrial.  As near as anyone can tell, Brandon Vandenburg, three weeks into pursuing his dream career in the NFL via Vanderbilt University, decided to look for a bonding moment with his teammates.

Vandenburg decided a “sports-bro” gang-rape was just the Ticket!

How could Brandon decide such a thing? 


Family Background:

A little Vandenburg background may explain Brandon Vandenburg’s flat-affect in court.  I was recently contacted by a long-time friend of the family.

Will dig further but so am been told:  No One likes the father, Rod. No one.

Vandenburg - Rod Vandendburg and son Brandon

Was told Rod’s former male friends were uncomfortable over how routinely Rod treats women poorly.  That Rod has in his past, an assault charge involving his ex-wife.

Was also informed the Vandenburg’s daughter has specific medical issues, and Rod demeans her for them.  As for the the twins, who by all accounts, are nice, except that they adore their older brother; have eyesight issues.  (No pun.)  But they have never seen their brother, clearly.  Was informed they have more than an inkling about their father.

A quote from Rod:  “That’s right, his Daddy…taught him some good old fashion “Sourthern Charm” works every time.”

Rod Vandenburg - more creepy musings about Brandon's date night

Rod, according to a family friend, was banking on Brandon going to the NFL in part because Brandon’s success would be Rod’s money ticket, as well as an invitation to further abuse women who like football players.  Will flush out more specifics and details should others cooperate.


So the family background explains Brandon’s flat-affect in court.  The Victim is not human to him.

Vandenburg Retrial- Gang Rapist facilitator-blank affect

I admit to being puzzled when listening to call-in shows with both anchors and the public saying, “The Victim was treated like garbage.”  I know how I treat garbage; and it’s at arm’s length.  I barely touch garbage.

However, the Victim was not treated like garbage.  She treated as a sex toy.  An unconscious, uncommunicative, real-life, but knocked out, sex toy.  She was treated as non-human with a pulse.  Her bruises demonstrated that.  The testimony revealed Brandon assured everyone she would not wake up, so it was okay to slap her and insert objects in her body, sit naked on her face, and other things.

But yesterday we learned just how scuzzy Brandon acted after facilitating the gang-rape.  We learned from the Victim, that she had been told by Vandenburg that she had been violently ill and throwing up.

We learned from the Victim that Brandon offered himself up as the white knight who cleaned her up afterward…and took care of her.  We also learned the reality was Vandenburg was taking videos of the Victim and forwarding them to his friends in California from the get.  As in before-during-and, afterward.

Vandenburg Retrial - Victim ends testimony Vandenburg Retrial - Victim wants to comfort Brandon Vandenburg Retrial- Brandon looks away from victim

 

Miles Finley - lakeAnd we already knew that

<— Miles Finley, one of the people on the receiving end of Brandon’s texts, urged more crimes be committed upon the unconscious body of the Victim, in a very crude way.

Such is Brandon’s family background.

I won’t get into how Brandon’s father treats his sister.


However when the police first told the Victim she was raped, the Victim had trouble believing the police.  We didn’t learn why until later.

From the Victim 

 

We learned soon afterward Brandon began complaining to the Victim it was all her fault.  

We learned Brandon Vandenburg complained to the Victim he was Never going to help anyone ever again…and then he spontaneously had sex with her — knowing she hadn’t been to the police yet…and consensual sex would make a rape kit – moot.

Vandenburg Retrial - the family is there

Keep in mind, this is the third time the Victim has returned to testify.

Vandenburg Retria - Victime finishes testifying

We also learned Vandenburg assured his teammates that they could slap the Victim because she wouldn’t wake up.  This speaks to a date rape drug but unlike the first trial, this time the Judge won’t allow the phrase “Date rape drug” in court.

But the thought hangs right there in the open.

Tin Roof - Blue drink- date rape drug?

Site of the talked around date-rape drug not allowed in court

So there is much testimony surrounding, a blackout drinker from alcohol, the Victim’s complete lack of memory.   As routinely happens after ingesting a date-rape drug.  

So, there is much ado about a blue drink – did it come from Angie, the older woman booster of Vanderbilt football team, (who in call-in shows claims it did not) or; if it came from Brandon.  

Blue drink. Red herring.  The jury isn’t stupid.

Vandenburg -Retrial - Vandenburg blamed his rape victim

Again.  Horrible for Brandon.  The Victim is and remains, not human.

The District Attorneys

Vandenburg Retrial - The Prosecution

Now – a word about the one guy – the only sober guy there from the get-go, Mack Prioleau

Mack Prioleau stayed in the room during the Entire 30 minute attack, and other than turning his back on the Victim, and did nothing to stop it

Mack Prioleau comes from a rich family.  Some in Texas, some in technology in Silicon Valley.  

Vandenburg Retrial- Mack Prioleau's great life


How could this happen?   Easy.

As a reminder:  At the first trial, 18 months later, Mack Prioleau who literally rolled over and turned his back to the Victim, then testified didn’t know if he would do anything differently.  Seriously.

Mack Prioleau said that.  

Mack Prioleau transferred to a university in South Africa.  It’s claimed Prrioleau now does charity work.  By all means, lets have a look at some of the Prioleau’s friends and family adventures via the presentations he films.

Click –> for Mack Prioleau’s international, fun filled ongoing “Life for Charity!

No matter the verdict the take-away here is:  Women are disposable.  The question is not how they got this way, but why it’s difficult for women to be treated equally.  

Good news – that answer is easy.

The Prioleau family are big-time Texas members of the party that routinely demonstrates their loathing of women.

So I researched and this is what legally was going on in government in the year of the sports-bro gang rape of  2013.  And found this.

Republicans hate women


Returning to Mack Prioleau’s life post-trial

Mack Prioleaus has been very a very busy world traveler, since.

According to his blog,  Mack was in Japan, last month.

Last,

Why are the Vandenburg teen-age boys there?

My thought is Mom is (finally) no longer in denial.  So those boys are there to learn who their brother really is…and what happens when you treat women poorly – so those boys will be virgins until they marry.

Considering the family history; good move, Mom.

 

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Michael MacNeil; the Deputy DA San Diego media almost helped to get away

Michael MacNeil- sexting attorney

Michael MacNeil- sexting attorney

Former San Diego Deputy District Attorney, Michael MacNeil, continues to enjoy a general shield of protection from his conduct, courtesy of San Diego Media.  Including after he was identified by a co-worker.  

The “whys” of protection is media gets too chummy with sources. Here’s how San Diego media protected MacNeil; and a little of background on MacNeil’s conduct.  (And by the way, MacNeil worked in the same field – Juvenile Division, as the now charged, David Lamb.)

Using the District Attorney’s office as his base, MacNeil secretly,

Sexting attorney Michael MacNeil

MacNeil

  • took pictures of women in court
  • texted information about cases with strangers
  • demeaned female co-workers to other female co-workers
  • and apparently lied in a court declaration about pointing a loaded gun (one of seven he owns) at his wife
  • while enjoying the protection of his friends with the San Diego Police.

This being San Diego, the wife didn’t matter.  Including the below, which I received from a tipster and forwarded to the DA, as from an individual identified as a female on a social media platform.

“…this guy’s first word was “tits” or something and he used it as a way of startin nasty conversation and immediately he started flirting and sexting.

He started bashing his wife, being as nasty as he is in the office, a tell-all kind of person who bragged about being a millionaire because of his grandfather’s inheritance. His dad has a lot of money as well, being a former DA and inheriting as well. He went as low as asking if the person he was talking to had savings account, it is all about sex and money. Then as he got comfortable he told all the abusive stories, called his wife a bitch often, told about “wanting to leave her F÷%×%€ poor“, etc

Admitted being abusive. I tried to get him to admit him pulling a gun on her but he didnt (sic). But I found out in mediation he told Patti he pulled gun on himself and his wife said it didn’t happen like that, that he pointed at her. He admitted filming her when he forced himself inside the house after separation, until she agreed to his 50/50 custody demands.”

(Mediator Patti Chavez-Fallon is often described as one of the worst mediators in all San Diego. Naturally some of San Diego’s most misogynistic judges prefer Chavez-Fallon.)

A loaded gun? Police taking his guns? Family court judges do not refer obvious criminal matters to the DA. Why?  Ask them.

Media?  Shrugs all around.  Media specializing in positioning a reporter standing in front of some drive-way behind crime scene tape announcing, “She had requested a restraining order.”

What drew the San Diego District attorney’s attention however, was not MacNeil’s behavior at home by terrorizing his wife, but sharing case information with strangers; and taking pictures of co-workers and court personnel in court

Michael MacNeil - texts to someone he met online

Michael MacNeil – texts case information with someone he met online

although the co-workers and court personnel had no idea they were being creeped on by a perv.  Finally!  Something mattered!

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Also,  Michael MacNeil spent hours messing around snapping pictures of himself in after-five, office attire.

Meaning, naked.

(Hoping he didn’t put in for overtime. Particularly since post-five;  MacNeil was one, picture snapping, non-stop, lewd, texting machine.)

Michael McNeil ripping off his clothes and taxpayers

San Diego Deputy District Attorney, Michael McNeil’s, after five, office attire.

So, yeah.  ABC’s Channel 10 decided to protect that guy.  

ABC aired part of the story, but protected Michael MacNeil by not revealing his identity including when a co-worker identified him.  

This is just a wild hunch – but what do you want to bet the Scripps affiliate legal team is top-loaded with men?

Did I mention MacNeil’s father is a retired District Attorney?  Yeah.  That too. Perhaps that’s why, although MacNeil resigned two days ago, Michael Colin MacNeil is still listed as working as a San Diego Deputy District Attorney, on the California State Bar.

So while MacNeil’s possible criminal behavior aired ever-so-briefly on Channel 10 — the ABC Scrips affiliate editors turned back-flips to protect MacNeil in one ridiculously tabloid “non-story.”  ABC focused on MacNeil’s illegal court snaps and concentrated on the “sexting Deputy DA.” Demeaning attitudes towards female co-workers, references to his soon-to-be ex wife and a gun?

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

Please know: the same information was also sent to other San Diego media outlets.

  1.  San Diego Union Tribune Watchdog:   No response. Same for reporters  Harry Jones, and Jeff MacDonald
  2.  San Diego Reader:   Don Bauder – “I’ll have a look.” For 15 years, it’s never gotten beyond “I’ll have a look” – including supervised visitation people who scam for profits.
  3. NBC – Tom Ford is notorious for torpedoing stories concerning how women can get Effective Restraining Orders.  (Hint: super great technology) 
  4. CBS – one great story five years ago. Most recently with MacNeil’s case – the woman assignment editor turned up her nose, saying, “We’re not touching it.”
  5. Voice of San DiegoNope.  Somehow the “Voice” has mandated never taking a look at the largest court in San Diego. San Diego women have no voice.

Media’s devotion to protecting abusive men – isn’t new to media or San Diego.  But San Diego media’s ignoring female crime victims trying to get out of family court alive, is getting tiresome.

Disclaimer:  Having lived all over the U.S.,  (including in Utah, whose residents reside in a separate, reality bubble,)  I can categorically state San Diego is and remains, the most misogynistic city in the nation.  That no one suspects.  Here’s just one example from Courthouse News regarding UCSD.

UCSD - Media Fail

Things are no better at “Campus living at USD.”
Compare  Another San Diego rape from Courthouse News.

USD - rape - Fail

Family court is a whole ‘mother massively ignored, and summed up below.

She's broken - He's OK

San Diego media norm

Burning question:  With all this going on in San Diego:  One wonders why would San Diego media choose to protect attorney Michael MacNeil?  Why would ABC air such a feeble feature?

In closing —

Funniest of all?  Because San Diego is a tourist town, San Diego anchors often begin broadcasts with their hap-hap-happy chirp:

 “Welcome to San Diego, America’s finest city!”  

At least —until a scandal breaks.

The chirping resumes after the scandal fades, either by prosecution, or interest.

Cheers!

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Brandon Vandenburg – Vanderbilt’s sports-bro gang rape trial: Take Two

Timing is everything

Brandon Vandenburg - circa 2016

Brandon Vandenburg – circa 2016

Brandon Vandenburg’s second trial is barely out of the gate and am already getting the feeling a lot of money is being wasted with a IT company called Logic Force Consulting, to refute what has to be via, pictures, video, texts, and telephone calls, the most well-documented rape and obstruction of justice charges in the country.  Seriously.

 

Contrary to Stacey Barchenger’s hilarious tweet, I think this trial will fly.

Vandenburg Retrial

I covered the first Brandon Vandenburg sports-bro, gang-rape trial, in which one Brandon Vandenburg, a wannabe football star, was accused of  facilitating a 30 minute attack on an unconscious woman.  A woman who remembers nothing.  Brandon facilitated this attack barely three weeks after arriving with plans to be a big man on campus.  Details here.

Timing is Everything

Timing for the trial is really bad for Brandon. . .who accepted two years Probation for the assault charge he managed to pick up in Palm Desert, CA, when he was out on bail for the #VandyTrial.  How dull was he for that?  

Still, making things worse for Brandon, consider the recent college rape cases in the news.

Stanford’s Brock Turner – and a judicial recall. 

  1.  First we have the Judicial nullification in Santa Clara;  with jurors refusing to sit in Judge Michael Aaron Persky’s court.

Baylor’s mishandled Rape cases and Ken Starr’s hilarious stumble.

2.  Then we have the unintentionally hilarious Ken Starr interview in which he destroyed his own credibility in the wake of Baylor’s sex crime scandals.

 3. Last, we have the sexual harassment claims against Holland and Knight, the law firm hired to defend the sex crimes at Phillips Exeter Academy.  See here for other college rapes, and the reasons why.  Psst.  It’s not alcohol.  It’s religion.

Speaking of religion – Bradon Vandenburg’s completely unaware,  “I’m Second (first) and “God is First” (second) Twitter account.

Vandenburg - Twitter original Ready for the unbelievable?   The defense has, learned nothing.

I just screen shot this from the excellent Stacey Barchenger’s piece in the Tennessean regarding Vandenburg’s retrial.

From the Tennessean - Vandenburg Defense Team Still Stick Dumb

From the Tennessean – Vandenburg Defense Team Still Stick Dumb

There’s the usual mixture of personalities.  But it’s still a straight-forward, with heaps of evidence and a strong victim, kind of case.

Defense strategy remains Logic Free

Or put another way —

From the Defense Playbook:  

“Remember what didn’t work the first time?  Let’s do it again!”

Only one new wrinkle.  That would be Brandon’s three, prior concussions. Or,

“Football made me do it. It couldn’t have been the cocaine!”

Still, bad idea for defense to stick with Devil alcohol.  

Vandenburg-Retrial-Defense

 

Good news.  I saved the 2013 tweets from Brandon’s friends!

Vandenburg - Miles Finley - Budweiser

Vandenburg Friend Miles Finley - drunk women

Vandenburge - Miles Finley - hangovers

Vandenburg-Retrial-Drunk2 Vandenburg-Retrial-Drunk4

And to think Brandon’s Mom, Dad, and his twin brothers trekked in for this charade.

The victim was not in court today, and thus spared having to hear what five guys did to her one more time.

I do not know if the cowardly, but sober Mack Prioleau is back. Mack was literally at the scene of the crime, feet away.  Mack took one look, feigned sleep, rolled over, and literally turned his back to the victim.

Vandenburg - Mack Prioleau - pretended to be asleep

The ever cowardly Mack Prioleau – pretended to be asleep

Gonna be a quick trial with a few fireworks.  But I still want the Prosecutor to ask the same question not asked of any Defendants last time.

Do you still drink?  

 

 

 

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San Diego women in custody cases: You’re screwed. Loaded guns, penis pics – no problem.

Michael MacNeil - Ripping of his clothes and taxpayers

  1. Here’s the video of the sexting Deputy DA Michael MacNeil San Diego media refused to identify.
  2. Update:  One day later. We received word MacNeil resigned from the DA’s office. (In exchange for no charges?) However, his State Bar record hasn’t changed as of 5:00p.m. on June 13, 2016.  As MacNeil claims his parents are millionaires, we’re not too worried.
  3. What happens when pervy DAs get divorced?  The public learns Perjury pays;  that’s what.  Am posting because San Diego media, their coverage, chose to protect the identity of the perverted Deputy DA, Michael MacNeil.  (I was just one of the tipsters, (and have emails from Channel 10 saying they weren’t interested. CBS was particularly not interested. Snooty, even.)
  4. Meanwhile, 10 news ignored the fact Patti Chavez-Fallon continues putting children at risk.
  5. Will the Judicial Council act – to finally create real oversight to the field of Supervised Visitation?  Real oversight  includes members of the public.  Will City Attorney’s office act? I called both candidates in the runoff.  Neither responded.  I emailed. . .and; crickets.
  6. Media concentrated on the salacious – instead of the more important, zero oversight in the area of Supervised Visitation.  The  bigger issue.  But okay, now for the salacious!

  7. Penis pics sent by San Diego Deputy District Attorney Michael MacNeil – (are below.) No pics of loaded gun he pointed his wife. Police took all seven of them away – for maybe a day.  MacNeil has cop friends.)
  8. Also, in court snaps.  Pictures of female attorneys who have absolutely no idea a pervy Deputy DA is happily snapping away.  (Court reporters too)  This is a crime.  Will the City act?  Nope.  They say they might if a police report is filed.  As San Diego residents are numb from San Diego’s six prior sex scandals, a police report against a “friend” appears unlikely. 

    She Never knew

    An attractive woman who never knew a perv was close by.

  9. And then there’s Family Court.  Screen shots of McNeil saying he walks naked around his little girls?  Check.
  10. Declarations during his divorce he doesn’t do that?  Check.  
  11. Heck there’s 900 screen shots of some pretty dysfunctional stuff.  Who has the time to go into it all?  But there is plenty more to go into.  

Custody cases go this way. Guns, Penis pics, pervy behavior?  Ladies, you and your kids are screwed.

Welcome to San Diego!  

Media however, will likely be more interested in MacNeil’s work.  Or, working it.

Michael MacNeil – ripping off his clothes and taxpayers – a twofer!

Michael McNeil ripping off his clothes and taxpayers

Michael McNeil in, after-five, office attire.

After receiving the below pics of Deputy DA Michael MacNeil, I immediately notified the DA’s office. It’s a given attorneys who send pictures of their junk around are stupid…but what else are they?

In the case of MacNeil: Well-paid! See salary information from 2014.

Michael MacNeil - DDA - Are San Diegans getting their money's worth

2014:Michael MacNeil – San Diego County DDA – Are taxpayers getting their money’s worth?

The difference being MacNeil prosecutes bad guys on behalf of the San Diego.  Or, put another way:  Pot, meet kettle.

Although I really don’t care about MacNeil’s penis.  I care how he skulks around the courtroom taking sneaker shots of women who have no idea they are being photographed and sexually rated in texts to co-workers with negative comments.  As for the positive ratings, I can’t imagine any court reporters would be pleased by comments he makes about wanting to do things to them, either.


If nothing changes nothing changes

Still, media ignores the main issue:  How is it Supervised Visitation monitors remain unchecked? Why is there no oversight when monitors such as Patti Chavez-Fallon who was aware of all this, could recommend Michael MacNeil have 50-50 custody of his two pre-teen girls?  This is due to California’s lackluster, Judicial Council. 

Chavez-Fallon’s take was: Mother showed poor judgment.  Sorry kids. Patti is part of the gang favored by San Diego’s family court judges.  And one other thing.  MacNeil better than anyone, knows there is no penalty for perjury.  But as an employee of the County, who better to know the rewards for lying under oath, are many, widespread, and far far, ranging.

Is San Diego interested in cleaning up its Supervised Visitation Program?

No. The Judicial Council doesn’t care to regulate an industry that is supposed to make sure kids are not at risk.  However, this being an election year I worked hard to interest all candidates in a solution to Domestic Violence.  My hope was all candidates and especially those already working in government; Chief City Attorney Mara Elliot and Robert Hickney might be interested in change given the City Attorney’s office latest, Domestic Violence debacle of blown statute of limitations.  Meanwhile,

What chance do San Diego women have being free from pervy DAs?

So far, not much.  But stay tuned.  We think it’s kinda cute that Michael MacNeil stripped out his Facebook page — after it was scooped up.  But no matter. Some of MacNeil’s former friends are pretty darn chatty. Some would call MacNeil’s scrubbing his Facebook page an attempt to “obstruct justice.”  Others would say it is evidence of guilt.  Stay tuned.

Michael MacNeil- Delete Your Account

Peaceful shot. But, real life? Not so much.

I do wonder why San Diego and the Judicial Council continue putting kids at risk, now going on year twenty with no oversight to Supervised Visitation. Also,

Exhibit A 

Consider: the 98 misdemeanor cases whose Statute of Limitations were blown by City Attorney Jan Goldsmith.  When it was revealed five months later, one of the attorneys in the City Attorney’s Office involved in the blown Domestic Violence statutes; left.

Meanwhile City Attorney Jane Goldsmith said one of his “Domestic Violence Advocates” recommended DV victims not be told why the City was “not moving forward on their case.”  (Thus victimizing them twice.)  These so-called “advocates” are still “working” with San Diego.  Why?

The attorney on the DV team who left the City’s employ?  She was promptly hired by the DA’s office.  So what chance do women and kids have when this is how San Diego DA Bonnie Dumanis, rolls?

I can report Mara Elliot expressed directly to me, great confidence in those so-called Domestic Violence advocates the City continues to work with, in-house.  That would be the same “Domestic Violence Advocates who recommended Jan Goldsmith not tell the women crime victims the city blew the statutes.

Mara said she will continue to work with these very Domestic Violence Advocates and various “psychologists” currently the City has “relationships” with.  Much like San Diego Police Department for years worked with Dr. Michael, “I like having sex with my patients” Mantell.

When county attorneys take sneak shots of women in court…..that’s just sneezy. But while it’s sneezy towards an adult…what chance do San Diego kids have?

I was informed MacNeil happily describes himself as a home “brewer” with a fondness for drinking, and walking naked around his girls.  Also MacNeil own seven guns, has a concealed carry permit; and a temper.  Perfect.

But no problem with that in a city where father’s  rights insiders run the show for  – Supervised Visitation monitors. Patti Chavez-Fallon, seem to be harming children.

Years later, women are still suffering the Betty Broderick blowback as Family Court judges rubber-stamp pro-pervert, dreck.  So, this bears repeating:

Supervised Visitation Patti Chavez-Fallon knew the history of this pervert: and still recommended  50/50 custody to him.

My source communicated with Chavez-Fallon, and wrote:


“He also pointed a loaded gun at his wife (he owns 7 guns), there is no report because he threatened her if she talked. She wrote this in a sworn declaration to Patti.

Even that Patti blamed on her, saying she used bad judgment in not leaving him after that incident, instead of bashing him for his actions.

Patti has blamed everything on her. Like I told you, Patti decided to talk to me, and her attitude was nasty and she defended him basically and blamed her and me while having all this proof of who he is”


At least some lose social workers lose their license. LA  and San Bernardino is doing a much better job, canceling the license of Social worker Kevin Bom.

I have long written about the problems with custody cases in San Diego, by “insiders” whose reports are rubber-stamped by  judges.  What’s also true is the San Diego is fond of shooting the messenger.  (Again, largely due to the machinations of Patti Chavez-Fallon, who for years ran the Family Court Services and was BFF of San Diego’s favorite supervised visitation monitor, and fake therapist, (this being San Diego no one checked Susan Griffin’s resume).  

In true San Diego fashion once exposed the judges were embarrassed and shot the messenger.  I kid you not.  San Diego Judges continue referring cases to both Patti Chavez-Fallon and Susan Griffin, who in turn, promptly doom kids for a profitable career.  Griffin’s new place is “Hannah’s House.”

It is strongly recommended appealing any order directing family court litigants to either, Griffin’s Hannah’s House or Chaveg-Fallon…and not getting involved with any attorney who works with either of them.


Update: June 15, 2016: For reasons not equating in any way with journalism, San Diego media choses to continue not identifying Michael MacNeil. Click —> for Examples of San Diego media outlets ignoring their job function.


Last,  I thought this post by MacNeil was ironic.  Just sayin’

Michael MacNeill - I love technology

 

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Dear GOP: Trump isn’t acting like a bigoted racist – Trump is a bigoted racist

Poor Joe Scarborough. After months of kissing the pudgy back-side of Donald Trump, reality finally smacked the former Republican Congressman from Florida right in the face.

With sidekick Mika, (who has perfected the art of eternally looking as if she’s about to speak) Joe blew up. Joe finally unleashed on Trump – below.


“Donald, guess what, I’m not going to support you until you get your act together. You’re acting like a Bush-league loser, you’re acting like a racist, you’re acting like a bigot.”

“I have taken the gun away from my head I am putting it on the table and now. It is in your hands on whether you are going to prove to the Republican party and me personally that you’re not a bigot,” he said.

“Don’t use Hillary Clinton as a threat against me, don’t use Hillary Clinton as an excuse, as your blank check to say racist things about people born in Indiana,” Scarborough added. “No, Donald, you don’t get to play it that way, I’m not scared of you, and I’m not scared of the base because they’re just as pissed off as me.”


But poor Joe hasn’t figured out the problem.  Trump isn’t acting like a bigoted racist. Trump is a bigoted racist who is being true to himself.

DangerouslyIncoherent

The reality? Hillary Clinton totally called it when she said, “Trump is Dangerously Incoherent.” If Trump acts in such a way in his “real” life, and by this I mean the number of lawsuits against Trump to date, featured here, imagine how fast the blustery hot-head would send Americans off to war, over one of his business deals.

What happens when Candidates aren’t vetted

  1. Trump’s history is getting rich off of the middle class.  Some of whom finally wised up and sued him. Hence, “How Trump financially devasted people who just wanted to buy a condo.”
  2. Trump’s business partners – no one you’d want for neighbors. “Meet the business partners Trump doesn’t want you to know about.
  3. It’s all out there, but for years reporters sold out.  Reporters gave Trump slack-for-access.  This came out in the suppressed Documentary from the original documentary where reporters admitted to it.

But what about the campaign?

GOP’s main problem is they can’t unring the bell — and in case anyone still hasn’t noticed….Trump is not equipped psychologically, to apologize. An inability to apologize isn’t  Trump’s biggest Achilles Heel — That would be his abject narcissism…but it’s a close second.

I’d say Trump’s inability to apologize is what has led to the thousands of lawsuits and ultimately, a blue print from Trump U – and how Trump will, eventually hit the gas  Thelma and Louise style – careen the Republican Party off a cliff.

When GOP finally wrestled Trump to a leash, aka: a script:   The effect was Donald Trump appearing to be on sedatives. He’s boring.

Worse, when Donald Trump is uses a teleprompter, for one of his impromptu press conferences, (that reporters are often prohibited) he dies in real time!

So the Republican Party insisting on bringing Trump to heel, is chaining a mean-tempered dog to a post, and not giving him water.  The idea was good, considering Trump doesn’t merely go off-script, but off-the-rails.  Still, getting Trump to conform isn’t going to work.

Not that Trump won’t attract racists. Sadly, America still has plenty. But it’s over and GOP knows it.

AreYouARacistBigot

Cheer up.  It’s not just the Party Trump is killing.  But his own brand.

Trump-Brands

Several months ago I said two things.

  1.  The race would boil down to women vs. misogyny; and
  2. That we were witnessing the demise of the Republican Party. (I just hadn’t envisioned it would be so entertaining.)

Back in time – it was the Democrats who prevented women from testifying in support of Anita Hill; which lead to Clarence Thomas on the Supreme Court. 

No one who cares about civil rights, wants to see that repeated.  Hillary is smart, and plays the long game.  She knows it’s not just about an eights years being President.  It’s also about staffing the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Hillaryforwomen

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San Diego to Women: Drop Dead (Your voting guide)

Voting Recommendations for San Diego men and women based on women being equal.

For San Diego, equality for women is no small challenge.  If you don’t have time to read; scroll for the top two, best and worst.  Cheers!

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By way of background, I’ve been trying to find someone – anyone interested in equality for a while.  In 2010, I alerted elected officials to a cost-effective, high-tech solution to end domestic violence.   (It was featured on most local news and in-depth on CBS, after I attended the parole hearing called by then Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, after John Gardner murdered Chelsea King and Amber Dubois.)  I met with a half-dozen of officials.  The result? Bumpkiss.

Fast forward to 2016; and having discovered other, perhaps better, high-tech solutions to empower women to save their own lives.  Also learned elected officials aren’t interested in  solutions. Particularly when they are more cost-effective than what is currently in use.  Turns out, domestic violence is somewhat profitable in the area of generating state and federal grants.  High-tech solutions prevent crimes. As this reduces a need for grants…officials seem completely disinterested. Go figure, eh?

As the examples below clearly demonstrate, the Office of the City Attorney is an office headed by someone who doesn’t care about the safety of women crime victims.

2016:

The 98 cases blown by the City Attorney’s office which handles misdemeanors and misdemeanor domestic violence and were of no surprise to me.  

2013

Audit dropped for Domestic Violence Program

2012

San Diego second-highest county in the State for calls for service.


So this election cycle I decided to approach nearly every candidate of office in person. I also followed-up with with calls or emails. To each I demonstrated the solution to end domestic violence.  Of the few I could not approach in person, I telephoned and emailed.

As such, my recommendations are based on each candidate’s response.

A clear winner emerged, immediately.   The individual most interested in saving lives and saving money while demonstrating equal representation for all, is Gil Cabrera.  Hands down.  Sadly, it wasn’t even close

Gil Cabrera is the Best choice for City Attorney

Gil Cabrera for City Attorney

Gil Cabrera was very receptive both to the problems that are systemic in the system; as well as more immediate high-tech cost-effective solutions to make the City of San Diego safe for women.

Cabrera asked the kind of questions people ask who are both smart, psychologically insightful, and who have the foresight to attend to finance. Only one other person did that; but he’s running for City Council. If I had one knock on Gil Cabrera, (nobody’s perfect) I’d say Gil doesn’t return calls quickly. Gil said it’s a fair complaint.🙂

Another thing, completely unrelated.  Gil Cabrera is the father to quite possibly, the two cutest little girls on the planet.  Seriously.  Those girls are so sweet  you just want to take bites out of ’em.  I told Gil he was wasting valuable talent not taking them out to events, reminding him of Sasha Obama’s exuberant, “Vote for Daddy!” shout-out at the end of one Obama’s first presidential campaign events.  I suggested Gil take the girls to every event.  Gil laughed, and declined.  

Going from best to worst….

Rafael Castellanos: Worst choice for City Attorney

Rafael Castellanos not for Mayor of San Diego

I called Castellanos office twice.  Each time I was told “He’s busy.”  Left a return number both times as well as a reason for the call.  No calls were returned.

By now everyone knows Rafael Castellanos also answered to another name.  “Defendant” in a sexual harassment lawsuit.  In speaking about the case, Castellanos was disrespectful to the woman, and also;

Castellanos was dishonest in his interview with Voice of San Diego.  I understand why.  It seems Catellanous might equate dollars with truth, not understanding some people are more interested in truth— than money.  That’s a tough concept for some.  Castellanos could be as lethal for some women, as Goldsmith. 

But in speaking of the DV scandal within the Office of City Attorney; Rafael wrote the following on his Facebook page,

“As part of my campaign, I will immediately undertake to develop and propose common sense reforms for the City Attorney’s office to ensure this does not happen again. In light of the serious criminal justice issues facing our nation it is imperative we take all steps necessary to build trust between the community and law enforcement, which includes greater transparency and prompt accountability. If elected City Attorney I will do everything within my power to make San Diego a national model for the effective administration of criminal justice.”

Question:  Why wait?  Were that true, why wouldn’t Rafael immediately make domestic violence part of his campaign the instant the Goldsmith debacle was exposed? That Castellanous did not add the safety of women crime victims to his list of “things to address” speaks volumes, folks.

Pragmatically speaking — women vote more than men. But as 1,600 women were murdered in the United States last year, it’s remarkable Castellanos wouldn’t immediately jump on Goldsmith’s ineptness during his campaign, instead of once again putting women on the back-burner.  Makes me wonder.  Is there some kind of “keep ’em in the kitchen” attitude going on? 

Now for the other side….

Robert Hickey might be a strong contender

Robert Hickey for City Attorney

All I can offer about Hickey is:  I called his office twice, and no calls were returned.  Also, anyone Bonnie Dumanis demotes is probably someone I could get along with.  Just saying.  

Returning to the other candidates.

Mara Elliott – she is trying

Mara Elliot - Not the best for San Diego

Mara Elliot is trying.  When I first spoke with Mara about eliminating Domestic Violence – Mara gave me the the canned, “I’ll work closely with the Family Justice Unit” response.  I explained stats showed the DV rate was up in San Diego largely due to the Family Justice Unit, but that high-tech can all but eliminate the problem, (especially when stalking is involved.)  Mara was agreeable to learning.  (Shortly after another publication came out referencing to her misinterpreting the law in one area.)   Okay.  Still learning. Still, when I next communicated with Mara was when she disagreed with a tweet I’d made.  Which I like.  Except that now Mara was speaking about her work with some people who are still part of the problem and not the solution and so at that point, the second definition of “trying” came into play.

Moving along…

Bryan Pease –  not easily defined. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Bryan Pease for City Attorney

I already wrote about Bryan Pease.  It’s amazing.  Wait.  That was the terrible media coverage that included the arrest of Pease.

How did San Diego come to have a bad reputation in domestic violence?

Mostly due to women.  Take Francine Busby.  Please.  I made Francis Busby aware of the solution to domestic violence, years ago.  Years.  But not once did Francine Busby make ending crimes against women a priority.  Educating women, yes.  Keeping them safe?  No.

Only Rena Marrocco got the matter on the agenda this year.  Most clubs for Democrats don’t bother.  (I was a “Decline to State” – until last year).  But have noticed in lecturing Para-legal classes in the area of Family Law, and visiting both Democrat and Republicans clubs speaking about the solution – crimes against women are at epidemic levels, including in the military.

That few women or men in San Diego seem interested.

Democrats for Equality?  They’re about women’s reproductive rights.  Not about the Constitutional right of women to live without being attacked.  

Point Loma Democrats?  Late last year I defended their President, Susan Peinado after she was viciously, verbally attacked by someone.  Susan said she’d like to have me lecture about the high-tech solution at a Democratic women’s club….in the Spring.  Then, crickets.

Check the Facebook page for Point Loma DemocratsSee anything remotely addressing the right of women to live in safety?  Nope.  Only Ruth Rollins seems interested.  Ruth’s my go-to on doing things right.

Even Barbara Bry didn’t make domestic violence an issue – until it made headlines.  Prior to that, I’d sent Bry lots of information on empowering women through technology.  Really thought a woman in technology would jump on this.  But I was completely wrong.  Bry got it.  But she just didn’t think empowering women to be safe via technology, was important enough to add to her list.  At least until the (latest) scandal broke in the City Attorney’s office.  

Also spoke to Bry’s opponent.  He seemed interested, and caught on extremely fast as to the merits. But I might have to leave the space blank because neither has earned my vote.

Dave Roberts – no calls returned.  But okay; no surprise, either!  

Ending on a high note.  Gil Cabrera is the only one who fits this description

Lead by example 

I am definitely voting for Gil Cabrera for City Attorney. For the safety of all San Diego women, I hope you do too.

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2016: Recall effort of Rape-friendly judge, Michael Aaron Persky barreling ahead

Update: June 16, 2016:   Judge Aaron Persky removed from upcoming sex case…after dismissing another case of theft.

Update:  June 11, 2016:    Campaign to remove judge picking up steam

Update:  June 11, 2016:     A teachable moment:  Letter from a Dad with boys and girls

Update:  June 10, 2016:   California State Legislators Want Pervy Persky investigated.

Update: June 10,  2016:  California jurors refusing to serve in Judge Persky’s court.  (Who can blame them?)


BRO CODE!    Let’s end the bro code. Recall Judge Michael Aaron Persky as a judge on the bench of Santa Clara County.  It turns out, Judge Persky has a history or ruling for Defendants in rape cases.

Brock Turner StanfordBrock Turner – Convicted felon – heavily recruited by Stanford, retained Stanford Alumn, Mike Armstrong.  Jurors didn’t buy his weak defense.  But then Armstrong is a talker, he’s not really a litigator.

Persky is Stanford Alum up for retaining office, who said of Brock Turner, the multiple convicted felon:

Judge Aaron Persky

Rapist-friendly Judge Michael Aaron Persky

 

“A prison sentence would have a severe impact on him…a lack of criminal history warranted a much shorter sentence.  I think he will not be a danger to others.”

Please review the victim’s statement, in full, below, given before Persky passed judgment.  Please also remember the sentence was given in conjunction with an unnamed, but very rape-friendly, Probation officer, as that’s San Jose Mercury News reporter Tracey Kaplan, rolls.  Kaplan is both poor reporter, who is likewise, unethical. 


Quick review:  The problems with the Santa Clara DA’s office are legendary.  This includes the actions of San Jose Mercury News reporter Tracey Kaplan who, in another criminal matter against a female, I sent confidential material to Kaplan regarding the actions of criminal defense attorney Michael Armstrong….another Stanford graduate. Kaplan sent the message I sent her, directly to Armstrong.  (Members of the Society of Professional Journalists urged me to complain to the San Jose Mercury News, which I did. They did nothing.  So consider this a heads up:  Never give Kaplan anything.)


The victim, said:  “You took away my worth, my privacy, my energy, my time, my safety, my intimacy, my confidence, my own voice, until today,” she said, reportedly directly to Turner. “I am a human being who has been irreversibly hurt.” And yet it’s Turner who would be severely impacted in his sentencing? Right.”

Most importantly, thank you to the two men who saved me, who I have yet to meet. I sleep with two bicycles that I drew, taped above my bed to remind myself there are heroes in this story.  That we are looking out for one another. To have known all of these people, to have felt their protection and love, is something I will never forget.  (Peter Jonsson and Carl Arndt are the two bicycle riding heroes who chased down Brock Turner)

Captured Brock Turner: Carl Fredrik and Peter Jonsson

Two heroes on bikes: Carl Fredrik and Peter Jonsson

My sister picked me up, face wet from tears and contorted in anguish. Instinctively and immediately, I wanted to take away her pain. I smiled at her, I told her to look at me, I’m right here, I’m okay, everything’s okay, I’m right here. My hair is washed and clean, they gave me the strangest shampoo, calm down, and look at me. Look at these funny new sweatpants and sweatshirt, I look like a P.E. teacher, let’s go home, let’s eat something. She did not know that beneath my sweats, I had scratches and bandages on my skin, my vagina was sore and had become a strange, dark color from all the prodding, my underwear was missing, and I felt too empty to continue to speak. That I was also afraid, that I was also devastated. That day we drove home and for hours my sister held me.

My boyfriend did not know what happened, but called that day and said, “I was really worried about you last night, you scared me, did you make it home okay?” I was horrified. That’s when I learned I had called him that night in my blackout, left an incomprehensible voicemail, that we had also spoken on the phone, but I was slurring so heavily he was scared for me, that he repeatedly told me to go find my sister. Again, he asked me, “What happened last night? Did you make it home okay?” I said yes, and hung up to cry.

I was not ready to tell my boyfriend or parents that actually, I may have been raped behind a dumpster, but I don’t know by who or when or how. If I told them, I would see the fear on their faces, and mine would multiply by tenfold, so instead I pretended the whole thing wasn’t real.

I tried to push it out of my mind, but it was so heavy I didn’t talk, I didn’t eat, I didn’t sleep, I didn’t interact with anyone. After work, I would drive to a secluded place to scream. I didn’t talk, I didn’t eat, I didn’t sleep, I didn’t interact with anyone, and I became isolated from the ones I loved most. For one week after the incident, I didn’t get any calls or updates about that night or what happened to me. The only symbol that proved that it hadn’t just been a bad dream, was the sweatshirt from the hospital in my drawer.

One day, I was at work, scrolling through the news on my phone, and came across an article. In it, I read and learned for the first time about how I was found unconscious, with my hair disheveled, long necklace wrapped around my neck, bra pulled out of my dress, dress pulled off over my shoulders and pulled up above my waist, that I was butt naked all the way down to my boots, legs spread apart, and had been penetrated by a foreign object by someone I did not recognize. This was how I learned what happened to me, sitting at my desk reading the news at work. I learned what happened to me the same time everyone else in the world learned what happened to me. That’s when the pine needles in my hair made sense, they didn’t fall from a tree.

He had taken off my underwear, his fingers had been inside of me. I don’t even know this person. I still don’t know this person. When I read about me like this, I said, this can’t be me.

This can’t be me. I could not digest or accept any of this information. I could not imagine my family having to read about this online. I kept reading. In the next paragraph, I read something that I will never forgive; I read that according to him, I liked it. I liked it. Again, I do not have words for these feelings.

At the bottom of the article, after I learned about the graphic details of my own sexual assault, the article listed his swimming times. She was found breathing, unresponsive with her underwear six inches away from her bare stomach curled in fetal position. By the way, he’s really good at swimming. Throw in my mile time if that’s what we’re doing. I’m good at cooking, put that in there, I think the end is where you list your extra-curriculars to cancel out all the sickening things that’ve happened.

The night the news came out I sat my parents down and told them that I had been assaulted, to not look at the news because it’s upsetting, just know that I’m okay, I’m right here, and I’m okay.

But halfway through telling them, my mom had to hold me because I could no longer stand up. I was not okay.

The night after it happened, he said he didn’t know my name, said he wouldn’t be able to identify my face in a lineup, didn’t mention any dialogue between us, no words, only dancing and kissing. Dancing is a cute term; was it snapping fingers and twirling dancing, or just bodies grinding up against each other in a crowded room? I wonder if kissing was just faces sloppily pressed up against each other? When the detective asked if he had planned on taking me back to his dorm, he said no. When the detective asked how we ended up behind the dumpster, he said he didn’t know. He admitted to kissing other girls at that party, one of whom was my own sister who pushed him away. He admitted to wanting to hook up with someone. I was the wounded antelope of the herd, completely alone and vulnerable, physically unable to fend for myself, and he chose me. Sometimes I think, if I hadn’t gone, then this never would’ve happened. But then I realized, it would have happened, just to somebody else. You were about to enter four years of access to drunk girls and parties, and if this is the foot you started off on, then it is right you did not continue.

The night after it happened, he said he thought I liked it because I rubbed his back. A back rub.

Never mentioned me voicing consent, never mentioned us speaking, a back rub.

One more time, in public news, I learned that my ass and vagina were completely exposed outside, my breasts had been groped, fingers had been jabbed inside me along with pine needles and debris, my bare skin and head had been rubbing against the ground behind a dumpster, while an erect freshman was humping my half naked, unconscious body. But I don’t remember, so how do I prove I didn’t like it.

I thought there’s no way this is going to trial; there were witnesses, there was dirt in my body, he ran but was caught. He’s going to settle, formally apologize, and we will both move on. Instead, I was told he hired a powerful attorney, expert witnesses, private investigators who were going to try and find details about my personal life to use against me, find loopholes in my story to invalidate me and my sister, in order to show that this sexual assault was in fact a misunderstanding. That he was going to go to any length to convince the world he had simply been confused.

I was not only told that I was assaulted, I was told that because I couldn’t remember, I technically could not prove it was unwanted. And that distorted me, damaged me, almost broke me. It is the saddest type of confusion to be told I was assaulted and nearly raped, blatantly out in the open, but we don’t know if it counts as assault yet. I had to fight for an entire year to make it clear that there was something wrong with this situation.

When I was told to be prepared in case we didn’t win, I said, I can’t prepare for that. He was guilty the minute I woke up. No one can talk me out of the hurt he caused me. Worst of all, I was warned, because he now knows you don’t remember, he is going to get to write the script.

He can say whatever he wants and no one can contest it. I had no power, I had no voice, I was defenseless. My memory loss would be used against me. My testimony was weak, was incomplete, and I was made to believe that perhaps, I am not enough to win this. That’s so damaging. His attorney constantly reminded the jury, the only one we can believe is Brock, because she doesn’t remember. That helplessness was traumatizing.

Instead of taking time to heal, I was taking time to recall the night in excruciating detail, in order to prepare for the attorney’s questions that would be invasive, aggressive, and designed to steer me off course, to contradict myself, my sister, phrased in ways to manipulate my answers.

Instead of his attorney saying, Did you notice any abrasions? He said, You didn’t notice any abrasions, right? This was a game of strategy, as if I could be tricked out of my own worth. The sexual assault had been so clear, but instead, here I was at the trial, answering question like:

How old are you? How much do you weigh? What did you eat that day? Well what did you have for dinner? Who made dinner? Did you drink with dinner? No, not even water? When did you drink? How much did you drink? What container did you drink out of? Who gave you the drink?

How much do you usually drink? Who dropped you off at this party? At what time? But where exactly? What were you wearing? Why were you going to this party? What’ d you do when you got there? Are you sure you did that? But what time did you do that? What does this text mean?

Who were you texting? When did you urinate? Where did you urinate? With whom did you urinate outside? Was your phone on silent when your sister called? Do you remember silencing it? Really because on page 53 I’d like to point out that you said it was set to ring. Did you drink in college? You said you were a party animal? How many times did you black out? Did you party at frats? Are you serious with your boyfriend? Are you sexually active with him? When did you start dating? Would you ever cheat? Do you have a history of cheating? What do you mean when you said you wanted to reward him? Do you remember what time you woke up? Were you wearing your cardigan? What color was your cardigan? Do you remember any more from that night? No? Okay, we’ll let Brock fill it in.

I was pummeled with narrowed, pointed questions that dissected my personal life, love life, past life, family life, inane questions, accumulating trivial details to try and find an excuse for this guy who didn’t even take the time to ask me for my name, who had me naked a handful of minutes after seeing me. After a physical assault, I was assaulted with questions designed to attack me, to say see, her facts don’t line up, she’s out of her mind, she’s practically an alcoholic, she probably wanted to hook up, he’s like an athlete right, they were both drunk, whatever, the hospital stuff she remembers is after the fact, why take it into account, Brock has a lot at stake so he’s having a really hard time right now.

And then it came time for him to testify. This is where I became revictimized. I want to remind you, the night after it happened he said he never planned to take me back to his dorm. He said he didn’t know why we were behind a dumpster. He got up to leave because he wasn’t feeling well when he was suddenly chased and attacked. Then he learned I could not remember.

So one year later, as predicted, a new dialogue emerged. Brock had a strange new story, almost sounded like a poorly written young adult novel with kissing and dancing and hand holding and lovingly tumbling onto the ground, and most importantly in this new story, there was suddenly consent. One year after the incident, he remembered, oh yeah, by the way she actually said yes, to everything, so.

He said he had asked if I wanted to dance. Apparently I said yes. He’d asked if I wanted to go to his dorm, I said yes. Then he asked if he could finger me and I said yes. Most guys don’t ask, Can I finger you? Usually there’s a natural progression of things, unfolding consensually, not a Q and A. But apparently I granted full permission. He’s in the clear.

Even in this story, there’s barely any dialogue; I only said a total of three words before he had me half naked on the ground. I have never been penetrated after three words. He didn’t claim to hear me speak one full sentence that night, so in the news when it says we “met”, I’m not sure I would go so far as to say that. Future reference, if you are confused about whether a girl can consent, see if she can speak an entire sentence. You couldn’t even do that. Just one coherent string of words. If she can’t do that, then no. Don’t touch her, just no. Not maybe, just no. Where was the confusion? This is common sense, human decency.

According to him, the only reason we were on the ground was because I fell down. Note; if a girl falls help her get back up. If she is too drunk to even walk and falls, do not mount her, hump her, take off her underwear, and insert your hand inside her vagina. If a girl falls help her up. If she is wearing a cardigan over her dress don’t take it off so that you can touch her breasts. Maybe she is cold, maybe that’s why she wore the cardigan. If her bare ass and legs are rubbing the pinecones and needles, while the weight of you pushes into her, get off her.

Next in the story, two people approached you. You ran because you said you felt scared. I argue that you were scared because you’d be caught, not because you were scared of two terrifying Swedish grad students. The idea that you thought you were being attacked out of the blue was ludicrous. That it had nothing to do with you being on top my unconscious body. You were caught red handed, with no explanation. When they tackled you why didn’t say, “Stop!

Everything’s okay, go ask her, she’s right over there, she’ll tell you.” I mean you had just asked for my consent, right? I was awake, right? When the policeman arrived and interviewed the evil Swede who tackled you, he was crying so hard he couldn’t speak because of what he’d seen.

Also, if you really did think they were dangerous, you just abandoned a half-naked girl to run and save yourself. No matter which way you frame it, it doesn’t make sense. Your attorney has repeatedly pointed out, well we don’t know exactly when she became unconscious. And you’re right, maybe I was still fluttering my eyes and wasn’t completely limp yet, fine. His guilt did not depend on him knowing the exact second that I became unconscious, that is never what this was about. I was slurring, too drunk to consent way before I was on the ground. I should have never been touched in the first place. Brock stated, “At no time did I see that she was not responding. If at any time I thought she was not responding, I would have stopped immediately.” Here’s the thing; if your plan was to stop only when I was literally unresponsive, then you still do not understand. You didn’t even stop when I was unconscious anyway! Someone else stopped you. Two guys on bikes noticed I wasn’t moving in the dark and had to tackle you. How did you not notice while on top of me?

You said, you would have stopped and gotten help. You say that, but I want you to explain how you would’ve helped me, step by step, walk me through this. I want to know, if those evil Swedes had not found me, how the night would have played out. I am asking you; Would you have pulled my underwear back on over my boots? Untangled the necklace wrapped around my neck? Closed my legs, covered me? Tucked my bra back into my dress? Would you have helped me pick the needles from my hair? Asked if the abrasions on my neck and bottom hurt? Would you then go find a friend and say, Will you help me get her somewhere warm and soft? I don’t sleep when I think about the way it could have gone if the Swedes had never come. What would have happened to me? That’s what you’ll never have a good answer for, that’s what you can’t explain even after a year.

To sit under oath and inform all of us, that yes I wanted it, yes I permitted it, and that you are the true victim attacked by guys for reasons unknown to you is sick, is demented, is selfish, is stupid.

It shows that you were willing to go to any length, to discredit me, invalidate me, and explain why it was okay to hurt me. You tried unyieldingly to save yourself, your reputation, at my expense.

My family had to see pictures of my head strapped to a gurney full of pine needles, of my body in the dirt with my eyes closed, dress hiked up, limbs limp in the dark. And then even after that, my family had to listen to your attorney say, the pictures were after the fact, we can dismiss them. To say, yes her nurse confirmed there was redness and abrasions inside her, but that’s what happens when you finger someone, and he’s already admitted to that. To listen to him use my own sister against me. To listen him attempt to paint of a picture of me, the seductive party animal, as if somehow that would make it so that I had this coming for me. To listen to him say I sounded drunk on the phone because I’m silly and that’s my goofy way of speaking. To point out that in the voicemail, I said I would reward my boyfriend and we all know what I was thinking. I assure you my rewards program is non-transferable, especially to any nameless man that approaches me.

The point is, this is everything my family and I endured during the trial. This is everything I had to sit through silently, taking it, while he shaped the evening. It is enough to be suffering. It is another thing to have someone ruthlessly working to diminish the gravity and validity of this suffering. But in the end, his unsupported statements and his attorney’s twisted logic fooled no one. The truth won, the truth spoke for itself.

You are guilty. Twelve jurors convicted you guilty of three felony counts beyond reasonable doubt, that’s twelve votes per count, thirty-six yeses confirming guilt, that’s one hundred percent, unanimous guilt. And I thought finally it is over, finally he will own up to what he did, truly apologize, we will both move on and get better. Then I read your statement.

If you are hoping that one of my organs will implode from anger and I will die, I’m almost there.

You are very close. Assault is not an accident. This is not a story of another drunk college hookup with poor decision making. Somehow, you still don’t get it. Somehow, you still sound confused.

I will now take this opportunity to read portions of the defendant’s statement and respond to them.

YOU SAID, BEING DRUNK I JUST COULDN’T MAKE THE BEST DECISIONS AND NEITHER COULD SHE.

Alcohol is not an excuse. Is it a factor? Yes. But alcohol was not the one who stripped me, fingered me, had my head dragging against the ground, with me almost fully naked. Having too much to drink was an amateur mistake that I admit to, but it is not criminal. Everyone in this room has had a night where they have regretted drinking too much, or knows someone close to them who has had a night where they have regretted drinking too much. Regretting drinking is not the same as regretting sexual assault. We were both drunk, the difference is I did not take off your pants and underwear, touch you inappropriately, and run away. That’s the difference.

YOU SAID, IF I WANTED TO GET TO KNOW HER, I SHOULD HAVE ASKED FOR HER NUMBER, RATHER THAN ASKING HER TO GO BACK TO MY ROOM.

I’m not mad because you didn’t ask for my number. Even if you did know me, I would not want be in this situation. My own boyfriend knows me, but if he asked to finger me behind a dumpster, I would slap him. No girl wants to be in this situation. Nobody. I don’t care if you know their phone number or not.

YOU SAID, I STUPIDLY THOUGHT IT WAS OKAY FOR ME TO DO WHAT EVERYONE AROUND ME WAS DOING, WHICH WAS DRINKING. I WAS WRONG.

Again, you were not wrong for drinking. Everyone around you was not sexually assaulting me.

You were wrong for doing what nobody else was doing, which was pushing your erect dick in your pants against my naked, defenseless body concealed in a dark area, where partygoers could no longer see or protect me, and own my sister could not find me. Sipping fireball is not your crime. Peeling off and discarding my underwear like a candy wrapper to insert your finger into my body, is where you went wrong. Why am I still explaining this.

YOU SAID, DURING THE TRIAL I DIDN’T WANT TO VICTIMIZE HER AT ALL. THAT WAS JUST MY ATTORNEY AND HIS WAY OF APPROACHING THE CASE.

Your attorney is not your scapegoat, he represents you. Did your attorney say some incredulously infuriating, degrading things? Absolutely. He said you had an erection, because it was cold. I have no words.

YOU SAID, YOU ARE IN THE PROCESS OF ESTABLISHING A PROGRAM FOR HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE STUDENTS IN WHICH YOU SPEAK ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE TO “SPEAK OUT AGAINST THE COLLEGE CAMPUS DRINKING CULTURE AND THE SEXUAL PROMISCUITY THAT GOES ALONG WITH THAT.”

Speak out against campus drinking culture. That’s what we’re speaking out against? You think that’s what I’ve spent the past year fighting for? Not awareness about campus sexual assault, or rape, or learning to recognize consent. Campus drinking culture. Down with Jack Daniels. Down with Skyy Vodka. If you want talk to high school kids about drinking go to an AA meeting. You realize, having a drinking problem is different than drinking and then forcefully trying to have sex with someone? Show men how to respect women, not how to drink less.

Drinking culture and the sexual promiscuity that goes along with that. Goes along with that, like a side effect, like fries on the side of your order. Where does promiscuity even come into play? I don’t see headlines that read, Brock Turner, Guilty of drinking too much and the sexual promiscuity that goes along with that. Campus Sexaul Assault. There’s your first powerpoint slide.

I have done enough explaining. You do not get to shrug your shoulders and be confused anymore. You do not get to pretend that there were no red flags. You do not get to not know why you ran. You have been convicted of violating me with malicious intent, and all you can admit to is consuming alcohol. Do not talk about the sad way your life was upturned because alcohol made you do bad things. Figure out how to take responsibility for your own conduct.

Lastly you said, I want to show people that one night of drinking can ruin a life.

Ruin a life, one life, yours, you forgot about mine. Let me rephrase for you, I want to show people that one night of drinking can ruin two lives. You and me. You are the cause, I am the effect. You have dragged me through this hell with you, dipped me back into that night again and again. You knocked down both our towers, I collapsed at the same time you did. Your damage was concrete; stripped of titles, degrees, enrollment. My damage was internal, unseen, I carry it with me. You took away my worth, my privacy, my energy, my time, my safety, my intimacy, my confidence, my own voice, until today.

See one thing we have in common is that we were both unable to get up in the morning. I am no stranger to suffering. You made me a victim. In newspapers my name was “unconscious intoxicated woman”, ten syllables, and nothing more than that. For a while, I believed that that was all I was. I had to force myself to relearn my real name, my identity. To relearn that this is not all that I am. That I am not just a drunk victim at a frat party found behind a dumpster, while you are the All-American swimmer at a top university, innocent until proven guilty, with so much at stake. I am a human being who has been irreversibly hurt, who waited a year to figure out if I was worth something.

My independence, natural joy, gentleness, and steady lifestyle I had been enjoying became distorted beyond recognition. I became closed off, angry, self-deprecating, tired, irritable, empty.

The isolation at times was unbearable. You cannot give me back the life I had before that night either. While you worry about your shattered reputation, I refrigerated spoons every night so when I woke up, and my eyes were puffy from crying, I would hold the spoons to my eyes to lessen the swelling so that I could see. I showed up an hour late to work every morning, excused myself to cry in the stairwells, I can tell you all the best places in that building to cry where no one can hear you, the pain became so bad that I had to tell my boss I was leaving, I needed time because continuing day to day was not possible. I used my savings to go as far away as I could possibly be.

I can’t sleep alone at night without having a light on, like a five year old, because I have nightmares of being touched where I cannot wake up, I did this thing where I waited until the sun came up and I felt safe enough to sleep. For three months, I went to bed at six o’clock in the morning.

I used to pride myself on my independence, now I am afraid to go on walks in the evening, to attend social events with drinking among friends where I should be comfortable being. I have become a little barnacle always needing to be at someone’s side, to have my boyfriend standing next to me, sleeping beside me, protecting me. It is embarrassing how feeble I feel, how timidly I move through life, always guarded, ready to defend myself, ready to be angry.

You have no idea how hard I have worked to rebuild parts of me that are still weak. It took me eight months to even talk about what happened. I could no longer connect with friends, with everyone around me. I would scream at my boyfriend, my own family whenever they brought this up. You never let me forget what happened to me. At the of end of the hearing, the trial, I was too tired to speak. I would leave drained, silent. I would go home turn off my phone and for days I would not speak. You bought me a ticket to a planet where I lived by myself. Every time a new article come out, I lived with the paranoia that my entire hometown would find out and know me as the girl who got assaulted. I didn’t want anyone’s pity and am still learning to accept victim as part of my identity. You made my own hometown an uncomfortable place to be.

Someday, you can pay me back for my ambulance ride and therapy. But you cannot give me back my sleepless nights. The way I have broken down sobbing uncontrollably if I’m watching a movie and a woman is harmed, to say it lightly, this experience has expanded my empathy for other victims. I have lost weight from stress, when people would comment I told them I’ve been running a lot lately. There are times I did not want to be touched. I have to relearn that I am not fragile, I am capable, I am wholesome, not just livid and weak.

I want to say this. All the crying, the hurting you have imposed on me, I can take it. But when I see my younger sister hurting, when she is unable to keep up in school, when she is deprived of joy, when she is not sleeping, when she is crying so hard on the phone she is barely breathing, telling me over and over she is sorry for leaving me alone that night, sorry sorry sorry, when she feels more guilt than you, then I do not forgive you. That night I had called her to try and find her, but you found me first. Your attorney’s closing statement began, “My sister said she was fine and who knows her better than her sister.” You tried to use my own sister against me. Your points of attack were so weak, so low, it was almost embarrassing. You do not touch her.

If you think I was spared, came out unscathed, that today I ride off into sunset, while you suffer the greatest blow, you are mistaken. Nobody wins. We have all been devastated, we have all been trying to find some meaning in all of this suffering.

You should have never done this to me. Secondly, you should have never made me fight so long to tell you, you should have never done this to me. But here we are. The damage is done, no one can undo it. And now we both have a choice. We can let this destroy us, I can remain angry and hurt and you can be in denial, or we can face it head on, I accept the pain, you accept the punishment, and we move on.

Your life is not over, you have decades of years ahead to rewrite your story. The world is huge, it is so much bigger than Palo Alto and Stanford, and you will make a space for yourself in it where you can be useful and happy. Right now your name is tainted, so I challenge you to make a new name for yourself, to do something so good for the world, it blows everyone away. You have a brain and a voice and a heart. Use them wisely. You possess immense love from your family. That alone can pull you out of anything. Mine has held me up through all of this. Yours will hold you and you will go on.

I believe, that one day, you will understand all of this better. I hope you will become a better more honest person who can properly use this story to prevent another story like this from ever happening again. I fully support your journey to healing, to rebuilding your life, because that is the only way you’ll begin to help others.

Now to address the sentencing. When I read the probation officer’s report, I was in disbelief, consumed by anger which eventually quieted down to profound sadness. My statements have been slimmed down to distortion and taken out of context. I fought hard during this trial and will not have the outcome minimized by a probation officer who attempted to evaluate my current state and my wishes in a fifteen minute conversation, the majority of which was spent answering questions I had about the legal system. The context is also important. Brock had yet to issue a statement, and I had not read his remarks.

My life has been on hold for over a year, a year of anger, anguish and uncertainty, until a jury of my peers rendered a judgment that validated the injustices I had endured. Had Brock admitted guilt and remorse and offered to settle early on, I would have considered a lighter sentence, respecting his honesty, grateful to be able to move our lives forward. Instead he took the risk of going to trial, added insult to injury and forced me to relive the hurt as details about my personal life and sexual assault were brutally dissected before the public. He pushed me and my family through a year of inexplicable, unnecessary suffering, and should face the consequences of challenging his crime, of putting my pain into question, of making us wait so long for justice.

I told the probation officer I do not want Brock to rot away in prison. I did not say he does not deserve to be behind bars. The probation officer’s recommendation of a year or less in county jail is a soft time-out, a mockery of the seriousness of his assaults, and of the consequences of the pain I have been forced to endure. I also told the probation officer that what I truly wanted was for Brock to get it, to understand and admit to his wrongdoing.

Unfortunately, after reading the defendant’s statement, I am severely disappointed and feel that he has failed to exhibit sincere remorse or responsibility for his conduct. I fully respected his right to a trial, but even after twelve jurors unanimously convicted him guilty of three felonies, all he has admitted to doing is ingesting alcohol. Someone who cannot take full accountability for his actions does not deserve a mitigating sentence. It is deeply offensive that he would try and dilute rape with a suggestion of promiscuity. By definition rape is the absence of promiscuity, rape is the absence of consent, and it perturbs me deeply that he can’t even see that distinction.

The probation officer factored in that the defendant is youthful and has no prior convictions. In my opinion, he is old enough to know what he did was wrong. When you are eighteen in this country you can go to war. When you are nineteen, you are old enough to pay the consequences for attempting to rape someone. He is young, but he is old enough to know better.

As this is a first offense I can see where leniency would beckon. On the other hand, as a society, we cannot forgive everyone’s first sexual assault or digital rape. It doesn’t make sense. The seriousness of rape has to be communicated clearly, we should not create a culture that suggests we learn that rape is wrong through trial and error. The consequences of sexual assault needs to be severe enough that people feel enough fear to exercise good judgment even if they are drunk, severe enough to be preventative. The fact that Brock was a star athlete at a prestigious university should not be seen as an entitlement to leniency, but as an opportunity to send a strong cultural message that sexual assault is against the law regardless of social class.

The probation officer weighed the fact that he has surrendered a hard earned swimming scholarship. If I had been sexually assaulted by an un-athletic guy from a community college, what would his sentence be? If a first time offender from an underprivileged background was accused of three felonies and displayed no accountability for his actions other than drinking, what would his sentence be? How fast he swims does not lessen the impact of what happened to me.

The Probation Officer has stated that this case, when compared to other crimes of similar nature, may be considered less serious due to the defendant’s level of intoxication. It felt serious. That’s all I’m going to say.

He is a lifetime sex registrant. That doesn’t expire. Just like what he did to me doesn’t expire, doesn’t just go away after a set number of years. It stays with me, it’s part of my identity, it has forever changed the way I carry myself, the way I live the rest of my life.

A year has gone by and he has had lots of time on his hands. Has he been seeing a psychologist?

What has he done in this past year to show he’s been progressing? If he says he wants to implement programs, what has he done to show for it?

Throughout incarceration I hope he is provided with appropriate therapy and resources to rebuild his life. I request that he educates himself about the issue of campus sexual assault. I hope he accepts proper punishment and pushes himself to reenter society as a better person.

To conclude, I want to say thank you. To everyone from the intern who made me oatmeal when I woke up at the hospital that morning, to the deputy who waited beside me, to the nurses who calmed me, to the detective who listened to me and never judged me, to my advocates who stood unwaveringly beside me, to my therapist who taught me to find courage in vulnerability, to my boss for being kind and understanding, to my incredible parents who teach me how to turn pain into strength, to my friends who remind me how to be happy, to my boyfriend who is patient and loving, to my unconquerable sister who is the other half of my heart, to Alaleh, my idol, who fought tirelessly and never doubted me. Thank you to everyone involved in the trial for their time and attention. Thank you to girls across the nation that wrote cards to my DA to give to me, so many strangers who cared for me.

Most importantly, thank you to the two men who saved me, who I have yet to meet. I sleep with two bicycles that I drew taped above my bed to remind myself there are heroes in this story. That we are looking out for one another. To have known all of these people, to have felt their protection and love, is something I will never forget.

And finally, to girls everywhere, I am with you. On nights when you feel alone, I am with you.

When people doubt you or dismiss you, I am with you. I fought everyday for you. So never stop fighting, I believe you. Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining. Although I can’t save every boat, I hope that by speaking today, you absorbed a small amount of light, a small knowing that you can’t be silenced, a small satisfaction that justice was served, a small assurance that we are getting somewhere, and a big, big knowing that you are important, unquestionably, you are untouchable, you are beautiful, you are to be valued, respected, undeniably, every minute of every day, you are powerful and nobody can take that away from you. To girls everywhere, I am with you.

Thank you.

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Note to UCLA college students: Your campus murder might look just like Eileen Zelig’s

Note to California parents, and grandparents of college kids.

In case your college kids are physically attacked/murdered on campus – don’t bother to sue a public university.  You will lose.

UCLA student Katherine Rosen was attacked by the  “gifted but troubled student” Damon Thompson, on the UCLA campus. Although Damon’s troubled history was long-documented, and although UCLA paid for Damon’s medical care,  (A UCLA parents page offers,Every day offers a new opportunity, experience or life-shaping event for your child.”)  UCLA - Bruins parents and families

Katherine remained at risk — until Damon stabbed her. If you are surprised, you haven’t been paying attention.  See a long list of,  Schools coddling criminals; the norm.

Katherine’s parents sued UCLA for not protecting their daughter; and;

The California Court of Appeal cordially invited Katherine Rosen and her family both, to drop dead.

UCLA to college students: Drop Dead.

It didn’t matter that Katherine Rosen reported the interactions with Thompson that caused alarm.  It didn’t matter that UCLA officials treated Thompson for symptoms of schizophrenia, auditory hallucinations and paranoia.  Or that Thompson said he would “do something” — and no matter that after the stabbing Thompson admitted guilt; but was found insane.  It didn’t matter because, of Eileen Zelig’s murder.

The Court of Appeal affirmed UCLA’s position that as a student, Katherine Rosen was, “an invited guest” and UCLA owed her no duty to safety.

This begs the question:  How could such a thing happen?

Two words:  Eileen Zelig.

Few have ever heard women of Eileen, as media doesn’t cover the nation’s busiest court; but Eileen Zelig was a family court litigant whose doctor husband Harry, shot her at point-blank range in the courthouse.  In front of their six year old daughter, Lisa.

Eileen’s family, the Jensen’s, sued.  When the lower court said, the State owed no duty of safety to Eileen, even though her appearance was mandatory, the Jensens heroically, appealed.

The Court of Appeal agreed with the Jensen family.

However, the Jensen’s didn’t count on California’s level of disdain for women.  The County appealed to the California Supreme Court; and the Supreme Court essentially opined:

“Nah. In spite of her repeated pleas for help, the State of California doesn’t owe Eileen Zelig, or her now motherless kids, any duty of care.”

(The State’s “Not us” position was supported by major hypocrite Bill Lockyer, who famously, later had his own, martial problems, while passing himself off as a “Domestic Violence advocate.)

Keep in mind Eileen Zelig was killed after years of attempting to get the police to do something.

The police did nothing, essentially.  A review of most inter-family crimes evidence the police, become threat multipliers.  Something neither police, or media are determined to not notice.  Perhaps this is do to media’s over-all refusal to report within their own ranks, members of police families, experience a 40% higher rate of domestic violence.

So one must wonder who hires officers who put lives at risk.  In San Diego, until recently, that would have been Dr. Michael Mantell.  The “renowned” psychologist and long-time consultant for San Diego PD.  (But Dr. Mantell might be going to prison soon – as he decided to have sex with a patient.)

and it’s so bad in San Diego that female police officers are suing, SDPD and Chief Zimmerman.

Ultimately, women have few Constitutional rights.  Women pay taxes for police and court services.  But both law enforcement and the courts reject the idea of actually, providing those services.

Ultimately, the California Supreme Court ruled the courts had no duty to protect Eileen; although her appearance in court, was mandatory.

 

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Trump in San Diego – Media coverage chokes – and Bryan Pease

Well, at least this time, it was media and not San Diego Police – doing the choking.

Although opposite all reporting – there were injuries.

It was a busy day for attorney Bryan Pease

San Diego Police attack man holding an %22Elect me%22 sign hours after Trump rally

San Diego Police – hours after Trump departed San Diego, attacked Pease for holding an “Elect me” sign.

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Candidate for City Attorney, Bryan Pease

The morning following Trump’s “visit,” I spoke with candidate for San Diego City attorney, Bryan Pease.  (Pease was campaigning in the thick of things during Trump’s visit.)  See above photo after the police took him down.

Hours after the event, the police  continued back-walking about a dozen plus, straggly protesters over the bridge,  and shooting pepper ball bullets at them.

No one knows why.  Trump had long since “left the building” and San Diego altogether.  However, during law enforcement’s “Advance on Stragglers” (about a dozen) by 60 riot-geared up police officers, a few tackled and arrested Pease.  Police actions earned for Pease:

  1. A night in jail
  2. Media 
  3. The title of “Defendant” and;
  4. “Plaintiff” for a Free Speech lawsuit.
  5. For which he hasn’t had time to draft a Complaint

A little more about Pease can be found in this San Diego City Beat story. 

But my interest was in the cringe-worthy coverage provided by local media…based on law enforcement reports of  “no injuries” – announced, apparently, without a single grain of salt, in spite of several instances of news video capturing excessive use of force.  (This is fresh on the heels of law enforcement defeating Senate Bill 1286 – which would make police misconduct records open to the public.)

Sidebar!

[As California law enforcement shields bad cops, California was not included in AP’s exposé of over 1,000 police officers fired for misconduct. ]

Bryan told me of numerous “cellmates” suffered injuries;  including one guy with a mohawk whose face was slammed to the concrete to such a degree, his booking photo featured a giant goose egg.

Yet media repeatedly tweeted the opposite – sadly, beginning in real time. And then they stuck with it.

SD Media1 - Trump

I am as massively uncomfortable with media first parroting, then cheering police reports of “no injuries” without interviewing arrestees, as I am of media refusal to address police violations of free speech and the mayoral silence in the face of what he knew was coming.

SD Media4 - self-congratulating

Will media follow up with the guy with the mohawk?  

Pease said Michael Chen got the shot of him going down, but not being face-slammed into the concrete.  I’m told one can acquire CTE in one accident.  Face-slamming not being in the “accidental” category.  

By the way….I didn’t here back from anyone for this tweet.  

SD Media5-SDPD Pepperballing

Here’s a sprinkling of other media tweets.

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and

SD Media7 - thinking out loud

All in all, it was the kind of coverage Trump loved.  So much so, Trump thanked San Diego police for acting against the haters. 

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So this is the behavior Hillary supporters can expect from Bernie Sanders delegates

Below seems what Hillary supporters can expect from Bernie supporters.  Including one, San Diego delegate.

Absent reality – 

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Also, Chuck Todd checked in.

Chuck Todd on Most Vitriolic Supporters

Imagine my surprise upon discovering Bernie delegate, Rena Marrocco, fell into that category.  I know her.

Rena Marrocco - Bernie Delegate District 49

– Rena’s a candidate for a local position in the Democratic party; who either doesn’t know basic facts about elections – or wants to spread incorrect information.  She represents a whole other, kind of problem.

Rena's magical thinking

My responsive tweet referenced “magical thinking.” 

Rena's Marrocco - magical thinking

Will admit to being astounded anyone running for a Democratic Party position, would even try to foist such incredible nonsense upon the public.  No one with a lick of common sense would infer  “Pay the fine – and Poof;  The Violations Disappear!”  

It’s a response that is neither remotely plausible – or reality-based. 

Tweets then went back and forth.  (I know her.)  Then sadly, Rena chose to attack me in a passive-agressive way.  Not from her Delegate’s page for Bernie.

From her main, Facebook page.

Rena Marrocco-Garcia

Rena’s attack blamed me for turning her against Hillary.  Not by name – although anyone following her on Twitter could figure it out in a nano-second, as prior to doing so, Rena congratulated me for helping her decide, in a tweet!🙂

Rena Marrocco accuses me of trolling - she follows me on TwitterThen came Rena’s massively long, online whine.  To save time, am publishing the second part (it was massive.)

Rena Marrcocco2 - Is Rena really a Democrat

I responded….and was immediately attacked.  (Seems to be the Bernie-crazed, norm.)

Amber Boggs-Gaucher So not classy

Don’t know Amber Boggs-Gaucher (and consider myself luckier for it.)

Amber Boggs-Gaucher - a real prize

Reality check:  At any time – anyone can disagree then disengage on Twitter.  It’s called the “Block” button.

But to engage in conversation (again, we know each other) and then be accused of “trolling” makes zero sense; except, it’s useful when attempting to position one’s self as a “victim.”

But wait!  I believe I discovered what’s really going on

Hasn’t Bernie’s shtick always been geared to younger voters?

How many times have Hillary supporters been told Bernie brings the younger voters?  How many times have Hillary supporters been told  the college-age crowd doesn’t like Hillary?  (Never mind that the #NeverTrump crowd loves Hillary.)  We’ll put that aside.

Heck – we’ll even put aside the fact that Bernie’s ad people can’t Spell “Bernie.”

Bernie says Think ONCE

Noooooo!  Think twice!  

Bernie Better think Twice

Think three and four times!

Were that true – why would Delegate Marrocco bother aiming for Hillary supporters?

Why aim for Hillary beginning in  2014, when she could have been targeting all those college students Bernie’s campaign talks about?

Rena Marrocco - what about the young people

 and now…this:

Bernie Take matters into our own hands

The reason Bernie Sanders initials are BS

Although Daily Kos detailed 11 reasons why – (separate from math) why Bernie cannot win as detailed:  11 Reasons Bernie lost this thing fair and square.  The reality is: no one wants to work with him.

Bernie’s arrogance has long been documented.  Bernie’s arrogance is often mentioned.  Check the text in Red.

Bernie supporters are big on polls.  Which reminds me:  The Chicago Tribune – hated by President Truman, blamed their most famous, international mistake, on…polling!  Twice in this one article. : )

Dewey wins bad polling

So forget the “polls.”  Bernie can’t win against Trump.  (Who is already -oddly enough – already calling Bernie “crazy.”) The optics are terrible…Bernie’s old…which Trump will use.   I can see it now.  Trump might worry whether Bernie could survive Trump’s attack. And that’s separate from Benie’s low numbers.  

Why will Hillary defeat Trump?  Because Hillary has better knowledge, better skills, better relations with Congress, and European leaders.  In short, because Hillary has the better background and resources.  Bernie’s good for Vermont…a state with more cows than people…but he’s not prime time…an never has been.  He’s long on slogans. He’s got no plans.  

The glitch is: Bernie’s fans may not care they’re risking the U.S. Supreme Court.

U.S. Supreme Court

But it appears Bernie’s delegates might not care.  That’s not progressive.  It’s many things but the one thing it is not, is Progressive.

Bernie 5

Alarm bells should be clanging              ↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑

Rena Marrocco - claims to be a Democrat - not sure why

Hillary Stop Trump

At this point Bernie’s ego rivals Trumps.  But it remains to be seen whether Bernie’s delegates will get a grip.  

 

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When Universities have a rape problem is a “Stop Hillary Clinton Super PAC” a surprise?

America’s largest problem is two kinds of misogyny.  Everyday misogyny – such as Rust College’s Professor Sylvester Oliver receiving no prison time for rapes; and casual misogyny.  Both casual, and “in your face” misogyny manifests in all three branches of government. Good news – we can fix it!

But first, watch Baylor’s Ken Starr tell the truth, and then his PR person guide him to a lie on, and off-camera.  It’s priceless!

Casual misogyny being worse than highly visible misogyny – such as when attorney Richard Emery, head of a Police Civilian Complaint Review Board was forced to resign after his very public, misogynist statements; or when a woman looking for a receptionist job at a law firm, was feeling threatened enough by a attorney Sunny Barkats, to strip and have sex during a job interview.  (She lasted one day.  When she didn’t return, Barkats texted threats accompanied by pictures of knives to her.)  

Ah – law firms.  So what did Phillips Exeter Academy do when they faced their latest sex scandal.  They hired Holland and Knight – a firm that knows all too well about in-house sex scandals at the top.

“William Amlong, also quoted by Lynch, Holland & Knight sent “the wrong message, especially after complaints by nine women. That’s not a sexual harassment complaint. That’s a stampede.”

Casual Misogyny:  Of the 1,000 police officers dismissed for “sexual misconduct” how many does the average reader know about?

The Backdrop – Educated to practice misogyny.

“In-your-face misogyny” embedded in America’s DNA from sea-to-shining-sea, because it is taught and practiced in schools across America.  Embedded, so both sexes are programmed, early on.  A couple of examples  – both just two days ago.

The East coast.

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Teachers grooming students with full knowledge of school administrators and, in this case, the Governor’s husband.

Phillips Exeter Academy – History teacher Rick Schubart – Principal Tom Hassan, husband of Gov. Maggie Hassan

and on the West Coast…from the top.

Berkeleycampus

Oh Berkeley, you disappoint us so.

Sex and Instructor Blake Wentworth

Faculty is furious as Berkeley’s track record for sexual harassment is, not great.

The grooming of girls for rape begins in middle school.  A variety of prior cases throughout the U.S. can be found here.

Two highly acclaimed schools on each coast.  Two days after the Vanderbilt football team, gang-rape verdict of Cory Batey.

How we got this way!

Religion.  All religions.  From Muslims and Orthodox Jews, to BaptistsProtestantsCatholics or Evangelicals although there’s a pretty easy case to make for any evangelical.  Especially in the “No Dancing” sects.

Religion - Religion based misogyny

Religion based misogyny

What else?

As Joan Rivers would say, “Can we talk?”  Since America is largely, Bible-prone – surely I am not the first person to notice there is,

“not a Single chapter in the Bible written by a woman.”

Nope.  Not one.  Folks, that’s just, weird.

If a loving God created us all, equally….what kind of a lame God would create all this – and then preside over the making of any Bible that was without a Point of View of half the population?  

Put another way, sometimes the biggest clue lies in what isn’t seen.

But it also makes sense that the re-telling of the story of how God wants us to live came to be brimming with men who had already begun to fantasize a goodie list regarding controlling women; largely because only men were taught to read and write.

So with that important fix being in from the get; how could male bias not weave their way into the script? 

Also, seeing as no one was scribbling notes at the time; the Bible, the Koran – and the Torah were all written long after the events transpired – affording men the ability to replace any faulty memories with a wish list and no one able to edit.  (Add men who provided bi-lingual translation services – and Boom!  Opportunities to downgrade women in their native language, grew mightily.)  

How likely is this picture?  Try to picture any of  these men asking their wives how it all went down?  It comes about as easily men asking their wives for directions while in the car.  

But and thus, biblically speaking:  All instruction for and about women – came from men!

How crazy is that!?

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America was supposed to be about equal rights AND a separation from church and state for this very reason.  Otherwise, we’re no better than any other religion-governed nation.

Religion - Church and State

Sadly, as too many so-called “Christians” in office, embedded misogyny remains something no one is rushing from churches throughout the land to address.  Or acknowledge.  

Ergo women are treated to scenes in real life like the guy below  –  who, understandably, might have trouble getting dates.  

Bible truck

Houston – we have a problem

 

What happened when women began to wise up to this?

The first thing that happened was women spoke up.

The second thing that happened, was a number of men freaked themselves right out.  

Seriously.  These guys freaked and immediately began forming weirdo groups.  They call themselves “Mens Rights Advocates.”  Okay.  Lets pause for a spot, reality-check.

Men need more rights? 

Lets review!

  1. Men made sure women lost the fight against for equal pay.  
  2. Men made sure they can fire women for being too pretty, (thanks  Iowa Supreme Court) –  and if raped as a minor,
  3. Males judges in multiple states  (Indiana, Montana, Alabama) made sure the convicted rapist will not go to prison.  
  4. In Alabama, Judge Woodruff refused, twice.
  5. In Mississippi, Gov. Haley Barbour released five killers, including the sentenced to life, Michael Graham, for using a 12 gauge shot-gun at point-blank range, to blast Adrienne Klasky, his ex-wife, in her head, after Adrienne happened to drive up to a traffic light where Michael was sitting, three years after their divorce. 

Yet for some super freaked out men, this is not enough Control.

These loons plan to scare women into submission.

Feminists need to learn to Fear

Feminists need to learn to Fear – according to some very scared puppies.

The MRA dweebs threw down a gauntlet.  

They made websites.  They shook fists. “Feminists need to learn to fear retribution from us.” These fools have sooooo many “issues.”  I know this as 

San Diego is home to some of the flakiest MRA’s around….and in 31 states, rapists have custody rights.  (And if you didn’t know that – kindly begin paying attention.)

Now for examples of causal, every day misogyny – the kind that happens so often we often ignore.  

And lets stop that.

Senator McCaskill tweets and gets the below in response. 

Mean tweet of the Day to Sen. Claire McCaskill

Claire McCaskill - Victim of casual hatred

Senator Claire McCaskill – Victim of casual misogyny

See below – left, for the kind of guy who feels perfectly comfortable casually tweeting pure hatred.  That’s right casual misogyny.  Oh, and this particular misogynist also freely admits to being a bigot.  Hey, a twofer!

OG Bernie Sanders - the face of Casual hatred

OG Bernie Sanders – the face of Casual, everyday misogyny

 

Best Two Examples of Casual Misogyny

One:  Judge Pete Knight – “Step outside and button up!”

Judge Pete Knight

Judge “I hate breasts” Pete Knight

The State of North Carolina legally recognizes a Mother’s legal right to practice mothering in public.  This includes when Mothers need to use their breasts for their primary function.  

North Carolina also recognizes babies set their feeding schedules; not Men.  Especially not men wearing judicial robes.  

Casual Misogyny - Henderson County Judge Knight

Casual Misogyny – Henderson County Judge Knight ignores breastfeed laws

Except for Judge Pete Knight!  

You wouldn’t think Judge Knight would be stupid enough to threaten a breastfeeding mother with contempt of court for practicing mothering during  court.  But, you’d be wrong!  

That’s exactly how casual misogyny works. Judge Knight did exactly that!  In listening to the audio of the Court appearance, people instantly recognized Judge Knight only views breasts as something to entice men.  The breast feeding baby didn’t enter the picture at all.  

Not only that:  Judge Pete Knight also threatened the mom, with a Criminal Contempt Charge if she didn’t get out of his, (not the people’s court) immediately. How sick is this man? 

Trust an Evangelical?  Director of Evangelism, Joe Gillett

Joe Gillett Recommends Judge Knight

Religion and government Do Not Mix. God is not in our Constitution

Maybe not Joe.  Although you probably meant well, you also knew nothing, apparently, how Judge Pete Knight feels about the law and women when he filed for office. So, please.  Stay out of politics, rather than infect the office with some of that misogynistic, old time religion.  Thanks Joe.

Joe Gillett - Judge Pete Knight

Please swear off recommending Pete Knight, and his Anti-American, tyranny of religion, for judge.

Second Best Example of Casual Misogyny – Sam Gibbs

Gibbs casual misogyny may be the most dangerous.

Gibbs is the best example of the worst case example of casual misogyny.  Gibbs casual misogynistic stylings are draped in apathy and indifference.  No one calls men on their apathy.  How about lets change that dynamic.

Sam Gibbs calls himself a Christian - seriously

Sam Gibbs calls himself a Christian – and why he does is worth questioning

Chuck Todd sends out a tease about rescuing women and children from sex and slave trafficking, 

Chuck Todd - Trafficking

and Gibbs answering tweet, “I don’t want to know” reveals all as to the kind of “Christian” Gibbs is.Sam Gibbs is the Christian probem

The Solution

The solution is immediately addressing the kind of casual misogyny evidenced by Sam Gibbs, whenever and wherever it manifests.

That includes media.  Remember media being all over the Shehada Issa story?  (Father kills wife and son because he was gay.)  Immediate gay outrage!  Four days passed with the initial victim, Rabbihah, being identified by media according to her relationship “wife” or “mother” to the men.  Or, put another way, Ew.

Four day of  gay outrage before media mentioned the name of Shehada’s first victim. Rabihah Issa.  

Then, oops.  Turns out Shedada killed his son as a cover story for killing Rabihah.

Gay outrage and the story disappears in a twinkling! Anyone hear media addressing this?

Me either.

Solution:  Lets do Sanity.  Equal rights for half the population.

 

Spine Free Republicans

Sanity or elected Religious tyranny by fanatics in government bent on turning America into a Third-World mindset.  Also the reverse of the plan for America as outlined in our Constitution.

Anyone objecting –  please show me where GOD is in our Constitution.  Not individual “beliefs” the guys who wrote it – in the document, itself.

The Guardian did a serious study on casual misogyny The Guardian analyzed 70,000,000 comments on their website from 2006 – 2010  and reported:

“Although the majority of our regular opinion writers are white men, we found that those who experienced the highest levels of abuse and dismissive trolling were not. The 10 regular writers who got the most abuse were eight women (four white and four non-white) and two black men. Two of the women and one of the men were gay. And of the eight women in the “top 10”, one was Muslim and one Jewish.”

And the 10 regular writers who got the least abuse?

All men.

Both sexes are responsible. When both sides don’t address casual misogyny, it continues.

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Vote American values.  Not lame religious ones that attempt to devalue or demean women

RepublicanWomen

Vote for someone who understands what Christianity is really about.

Jimmy Carter Christian

But if you can’t vote Democrat, find some, safe, sane Republicans – the ones who know American values means separating their church from their government is a core principle of our government.  

Help our Founders make sure our Constitution that was constructed in such a way to protect America from the tyranny of religion, remains so.

I’m almost sure there are some sane Republicans who understand this.  Well, not really, but I like to be optimistic.

But either way…vote for the candidate that no longer will practice religion in office.  If none exist, stay home.  But whatever you do, Don’t vote to undermine America.

Hey, sometimes it is just that simple!  :)

 

 

 

 

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Good news raped college ladies – two men stopped an in-progress rape

Good news ladies: – decent men are close by.  It’s true!

On January 18, 2015, Peter Jonsson and Carl Arndt, two Stanford University post-graduate students, were biking near the campus around 1:00am when they noticed Brock Turner in the middle of his open-air rape, upon the body of a non-responsive woman.

Captured Brock Turner: Carl Fredrik and Peter Jonsson

Captured Brock Turner: Carl Fredrik and Peter Jonsson

One of men yelled an expletive.  Then added,

“She’s UNCONSCIOUS man!”

Peter and Carl immediately dropped their bikes, gave chase, caught Turner, and held him down while a third responder called police.

Otherwise known as “Team work!”

Brock Turner - convicted of rape - sex offender

Brock Turner has big career plans – believes himself to be immune from accountability.

Brock Turner was arrested right after the police showed up.  The women was transported to the hospital.  (Scroll to the text in red for the surprise twist connection – still largely, unreported.)  But first….here’s Dan A. Turner, in a letter to the court complaining.

DanTurner-Rape defender

The outrage (from Brock) was swift. A Facebook Page titled:  Brock Turner for 2016 Olympics was created. Because, just as the Vanderbilt gang-rapists demonstrated:  Women have no business interfering with career goals.  Period.  Hence the Facebook page.

Brock Turner - Arrogant sex offender

Brock Turner – Arrogant as ever

As for crimes athletes commit?  Just something for the lawyers to handle.

Guys like Stanford’s Brock Turner, or Vanderbilt’s Cory Batey, Brandon Vandenburg and the other Vanderbilt defendants; scheduled bro-team meetings to work out the details and then planned on going to “practice” and their lives.  As Cory Batey testified,

“We formulated a story.”

A seldom addressed reality

What’s critically important for victims to recognize is exactly None of the crimes committed against them, in circumstances like this; is really about them.  Oh, it happened to them, for sure. 

Gillette House

But not only are women not considered human beings to guys like Brock Turner, Corey Batey, Brandon Vandenburg, as well as the other Vanderbilt defendants, Mack Prioleau, and their friends:

They are largely i-n-v-i-s-i-b-l-e to to the guys they thought were friends, guys who it turns out; are wholly, character-free.

It’s always, always, all ways about self-absorbed males and their game.  Or, in Brock Turner’s case, swim meet; as athletes continue stepping up, rung after rung, the ladder of their imagined career.

Brock Turner - FOCUS on career

No matter the university – the mindset is the same.

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Mack Prioleau

Best proof of this mindset is, however, none other than Texas’ Mack Prioleau….then Vanderbilt student

As the sole, sober person in Gillette House the night of Vanderbilt’s sport-bro, gang-rape, Mack Prioleau heard the 32 minute assault and did…nothing.  Well, almost nothing.  

Prioleau peeked open an eye open for a second, saw what was happening; and then rolled over, turning his back to the victim.  Mack Prioleau continued pretending to sleep through a gang rape.

Stone cold sober.  So we have Mack Prioleau to thank for demonstrating women can’t get any more invisible.  Because, career!  Need more proof from Mack?  Got it!

Vandenburg - Mack Prioleau - pretended to be asleep

Vamderbilt Footbal team member, Mack Prioleau

At the first trial a year and a half later, Mack Prioleau testified he was still not sure he would do anything differently.  He said he was scared. Because, career!  What’s Mack doing these days?

Mack’s got Daddy money…so not a whole lot. Here’s Mack Prioleau’s personal website.    Here’s Mack’s travel website.

In a slide presentation Mack also worries about football players getting concussions.  Ain’t he grand?

Thanking Brock Turner

But I especially want to thank Brock for his colossal hubris. How lucky can a woman like me get?!  Below are a few absolutely killer pictorial examples of the kind of star entitlement that is wildly infectious among athletes who have been encouraged by university officials to believe they are entitled to treat women as disposable.  

(In fairness, university campuses mirror real life as the 1,600 women murdered in 2015, could attest if they weren’t, you know; dead.)

Yes, our national rape culture, was groomed by University administrators always on the lookout for wealthy sponsors who enjoy the game enough to donate new stadium skyboxes and such.  Ergo, Brock’s fan page is merely the a normal reaction to the culture of disdain-to-outright-misogyny.  I remain thankful this sick reality was made visible.

From Brock’s Facebook fan page

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Brock Turner - Bail is no problem

Brock Turner – Bail is no problem bro!

In Brock’s case as is true with all athletes, (not regular students); when problems arise, university administrators scramble to criminal defense attorneys to make the problem go away.  Stanford likely recommended Mike Armstrong, who has close ties to Stanford, be hired. He was; and Brock Turner belatedly learned what past clients of Armstrong learned.

Mediocre deal maker; really bad at trial.  But hey, he went to Stanford!

Sidebar:  

I don’t expect the Santa Clara DA to be on top of their game for Brock’s Fan Page.  It’s Santa Clara. They have problems, people! The Santa Clara DA’s office has huge Prosecutorial misconduct, problems.  Especially where women are concerned.  

Brook Turner - More arrogance

The post-rape arrogance of Brock Turner 

Update:  Turns out Brock Turner scored with the rapist-friendly, Judge Aaron Persky!

Turns out – the bro code continues to the bench!

Persky  worried, out loud – about the impact jail would have on the criminal, not the victim.  Please remember Persky and his slap-in-the-face, ruling during an election year.

Sentencing judge, Michael Aaron Persky is a Stanford graduate.

Two things parents and students should know.

  1. Before registering any child for college, review the MOU between campus police and city or county police…who like to punt work over to the very less qualified.  
  2. Use other means to check the campus crime rate.
  3. Know that when universities tout their All-star athletes, the “A” stands for arrogance.  

Example for 3:  While Brandon Vandenburg was referred to as the “Puppet Master” during Cory Batey’s trial, one must wonder why dense attorneys used the phrase since Vandenburg proved to be the dumbest of all Vanderbilt defendants.

Towit:  Vandenburg managed to almost immediately pick up another assault charge while out on bail, after returning to California!  

Changing reality:  Women who won’t be disposable

Cory Batey – Brock Turner, Brandon Vanderbilt and a host of other men who think they can browbeat women into not demanding their crimes be addressed with sneering hate campaigns.

Brock Turner fans are voting for Trump

Brock Turner was convicted.  He is  facing 10 years in prison and will have to register as a sex offender.

It should be noted after Turner was found guilty, Brock’s mother, unwilling to admit to a parental FAIL:  wailed, then stomped her foot.

Cory Batey’s sentencing is May 20th. Brock Turner’s sentencing is scheduled for June 2.

Brock Turner,  Cory Batey – two men whose only thought was for their careers – are not unusual.  

Stanford University has been wildly criticized for their flaccid response to campus sexual assault. Between 1997 and 2009, exactly four of 175 reported sexual assaults were formally adjudicated at Stanford.  Four. Two of the four attackers were held responsible, according to a report provided by Stanford Law Professor, Michele Landis Dauber. Although Dauber didn’t say what happened after the attackers were deemed “responsible.”

Rape Culture  – yes.  But it’s ending.

Baylor University – the nationally ranked Christian university, has a very large, sexual assault problem.   It also seems Baylor has little interest in the investigating charges. 

Readers might benefit from knowing Baylor’s “counseling department” massively sucks, also.

Baylor - rape - Football player

But given the Dallas Morning News is all over Baylor, am thinking Baylor’s painful refusal to deal with their earned reputation – will finally mean less corporate dollars for this Christian ranked university.

Although Brock Turner’s verdict came on the heels of  U.S. campuses across the nation drawing some federal attention, am not sure why.  It’s not as if misogyny and disdain for women isn’t embedded at the Congressional level, as featured, below.  It’s really true:   every picture tells a story.

Women testifying about rape in military to a packed – empty house.

Testifying to empty house

At one point, the Office for Civil Rights had 90 college investigations nationwide.

Imagine the ones they missed.

Help for Parents and students alike

Last, when checking the “Best Valued” campuses in America, be sure to independently, check out Univeristy sexual assault cases. Some examples of Litigation involving sexual assaults in American schools, can be found, here.

Also, please feel free to check a list of America’s most dangerous colleges and universities from 2010.

By now parents should be looking at their middle-schools as by high school, girls should know sports breeds an air of, “let the good times roll” invincibility.

Middle-school girl know are just beginning to sense school administrators have long looked the other way for various reasons. However, that roll is slowing. Likely due to lawsuits.

Everyone recognizes the power of money.  If a lawsuit is the only thing that provokes change:  Game on!  School administrators set the table; lawsuits will clear the table.  

If it’s of any help to anyone considering a lawsuit, I recommend no settlement, confidential or otherwise unless and until, it includes a career-ending job loss for any high-ranking administrator who knew, but did not act.  Otherwise the problem continues.

Quick, professional tip:  Ask if the school has a bullying policy.  (It’s a trick question:  Every school has one.)  Reality arrives with the answer to the Second question.

Ask how many times it’s been enforced.

I recommend for women attacked consider fiing suit now, so by the time their unborn daughters arrive, those young women can enjoy real equality, instead of the stocked photographs of happy students all, featured in school brochures.

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Vanderbilt – Vandenburg – Cory Batey Retrial: The Malpractice continues!

Cory Batey - Vandenburg Rape Trial - CourtChatter

Cory Batey – Vandenburg Rape Trial – CourtChatter

Update:  Corey is Guilty of most of the charges and is hoping for “relief” on appeal.

Update:  Initially, representatives for the victim said she chose not to comment.

(Thanks to an alert from long-time reader, Christopher Lomen,) that changed.

Statement from the victim

“I am deeply disappointed with the jury’s verdict.

But this result is not the first injustice I have endured in this process.

Last year, the defendants received a fair trial. If the law required a new trial due to a juror’s dishonesty that did not impact deliberations, the law should change, and the juror should face consequences.

So, too, must protections for victims improve. For three years, defense counsel have broken rules, flouted the Court’s orders, and harassed me with impunity.

As a result, the jury failed to apply the law to the facts of the case for four of the seven charged offenses. Although the potential sentence may be the same, the result is no less unjust.

Despite the hard work of the exemplary prosecutors who’ve worked tirelessly on this case, I can only conclude that our system of justice is broken.

I deserved better. Victims of sexual assault deserve better. Our community deserves better.”

The convictions are listed below.  However, before continuing – considering how other colleges respond to sexual assaults on campus, minus Coach Franklin’s conduct, Vanderbilt’s response was nothing short of awesome.

Vanderbilt-Batey Verdict

Cory Batey – convictions – starting point is 15 yrs – 25 years.

This is a story about a 32 minute, vicious rape.

This is a story of a prolonged attack of an unconscious women. 

A woman Cory Batey had ever seen before.

An attack so vicious, it involved fingers, a penis, (perhaps more than one) a bottle and red hand prints left on the victim’s bottom from repeated slapping, urination, and naked-butt plants on the victim’s face.  The first trial mentioned a racial component afterward from Batey.  That did not make it into the second trial. 

But make no mistake, although this is a story of an attack so vicious, it is also  one of entertainment. The defendants in the case were all Vanderbilt University football players; and woman’s date, an honor student, from a Christian Prep School, Brandon Vandenberg.  Who essentially served his unconscious date up, to a pack of animals.

That’s a turn of phrase. My apologies to animals. Animals don’t attack for sport, and don’t deserve the comparison.  But these are football players and for them, women are “sport.”  DA Thurman referred to them as being like a “pack of wolves.”

This could be why Vanderbilt’s football coach James Franklin, very quickly blew town.

Vandenburg - Twitter original

Brandon wrote Praise God! IAMSECOND (first) and #GODFIRST (second)

The was attack, entertainment –  for which Vanderbilt Football players were charged;  only Cory Batey, never left the room.  

The entire time of the attack.

The rest of the pack were in and out – stopping back in the room to see the latest. 

The vicious attack was also filmed.  Still-shots were taken. Texts were sent.  

And still, the defense stuck with the exact same defense that didn’t work the first time.  “Devil alcohol.”

Who hired these people?

The Batey family has been conned.  If Ms. Batey shelled out money, or put her house up as collateral, the attorneys need to return it to her immediately.  But that’s another subject. 

Watching the “live” testimony  – it was easy to conclude short version is the newest member of the defense team Courtney Teasley, is simple. Given Teasley was not merely inept, I could have saved myself some time and re-purposed my first reporting of the “Guilty” verdict.  “The verdict is in:  is it too soon to mention Legal Malpractice.”

Sidebar

Beginning with the Court: someone needs to hit the courtroom chairs with a BIG dose of WD 40WD-40.  Whole lotta squeaking going on!  Those microphones pick up every chair move, every person nervously rocking, and every little squeak!  

Now; lets get serious

Update:  Teasley has been on the case for three weeks.  Teasley said Cory felt bullied.  Which is a BIZARRE verb choice considering his actions.  Teasley is still saying, “They both had blackouts” So they’re sticking to the loser defense.  Cory was whining, “How come I had to go first” instead of Vandenburg.  I dunno.  Maybe because he assaulted the woman first?

Teasley’s appearance was unprofessional in form and substance.

Courtney Teasley rebuked by court in Vanderbilt Trial

Will get to her actions later.  First, form. 

Courtney Teasley - Criminal defense and bad modeling

Courtney Teasley – practices Criminal defense and bad modeling

Defendants are owed a professional appearance in court.  Do not appear unless dressed in a suit.  Including when pregnant, as Teasley is. 

Because, maternity suits are available.  

Now, substance.

From the onset Teasley repeatedly lost exhibits. She took forever to form questions.  

She was utterly tone-deaf her forceful questioning of the victim, (who remained composed) was annoying others.

Teasley eventually and more than once, appeared to annoy Judge Monte Watkins.

Judge Watkins is widely reported as the fairest judge around by court workers.

Judge Monte Watkins

Judge Monte Watkins

The Defense has learned one thing.  The many ways to tick off a judge.  (Later on, during a call-in show, one man said he’d seen Teasley in court before.  He was shocked when she referred to the judge as “My Heavenly Father.”  (The caller said at first the court was so  shocked no one said anything.  The caller observed thought Teasley needed much in the way of slowing her roll.)

The victim’s story was unshaken. The testimony of the victim’s friend, was also good.

Jurors would not learn Cory had also peed on cars in addition to the woman.  They did learn Cory had a prior assault with a student and that he had a drug and weed problem.

So someone might want to ask Ms. Batey why Teasley was added to this team of losers. Or why the defense clung to the exact same losing defense as before.  About the only thing I can say about the new/old team is from the first trial to now, and unlike the first trial; not a single team member has been disbarred for extorting a client!

Fletcher Long - Carrie Gasaway - Sentenced for Extortion

And then the Crazy started  

Would Cory testify?  As stated earlier, in cases with mounds of evidence, which the Defendants so helpfully documented; unless one has hired a medical expert to testify one suffered a complete break from reality, testifying in one’s own defense, is crazy.

And then the crazy started.

Vanderbilt Trial - Judge Watkins deals with Corey Batey

and then…. more drama

Judge Watkins is not having it

Perhaps because throughout the disaster of the first trial, the leaked videos to ABC’s 20/20  the disaster of the Dr. Phil program….we’ll only know later.  But Cory testified.

Cory Batey on the stand - just after testifying being suspended from Vanderbilt team

Cory Batey on the stand – just after testifying being suspended from Vanderbilt football team

Cory testified: “I was confused and distraught” after viewing the pictures.  He also claimed he deleted them without question.  Said he wasn’t curious.  Just confused.

Teasley got Cory’s veracity in trouble more than once, asking questions like, “Why did you ask ‘Is it still good’ referring to the story Cory and his Vanderbilt teammates cooked up to save their scholarships and eventual careers.  The take-away for me was –

“It was immediately apparent Cory Batey exhibited not a single act of caring or remorse for the woman he and his teammates, spent thirty minutes viciously and delightedly; attacking.  It was also clear Cory was consumed with fabricating a plan to remain on the team.”

Teasley had an annoying way of beginning each question with a loud, “ANNNNND,” or “NOWWW”  and end acknowledge each response with a  friendly or curt, (depending)  “Okay” instead of a professional, “thank you.”

However, unlike the last go-around; at least none of the attorneys are chewing gum.

Cory on the stand

Cory Batey was a disaster.  He alternated between “Never been that drunk before,”  and “I was confused” and tossing blame in other directions.  (It came out later, that Cory has a prior student assault on his record.)  

Teasley wasted a lot of time between questions, before losing track of her exhibits.  (Exhibit 40.)  Teasley apologized to the court, “I thought I had it”  “I don’t have mine” and “I don’t know where it is.”  

Can’t figure out if this is a deliberate set up of “ineffectiveness of counsel” or straight up, unprepared.

Cory explains he was raised better and would never refer to women as “Bitch,” then tried to refer to the first two rows of women there to support him.  That annoyed Judge Watkins too.  Said he was raised with women and they wouldn’t allow that kind of talk.

Teasley became confused and brought up meeting with Student Conduct.  She apologizes and asks Cory about getting kicked off of the team.  (Suspended until further notice.)

Continuing to dig his own grave, Cory testified  he told the police detective, “The story we had formulated.”

Teasley spent some time messing around and then asks for a bathroom break.

Cory Batey answered “Yes” to the question, “Do you take responsibility of drinking too much.”  He then testified he didn’t know Brandon.  Later on Cory was shown to have lied.

Teasley attempted to ask a series of questions, but wound up getting defensed by the DA and annoying Judge Watkins.  Again.  Teasley made a twofer!  In fairness, am sure Teasley’s had better days. But since today was terrible work,  I just hope she hasn’t had worse.

The State – it’s a wrap

JanNormanJan Norman was wonderful.  The emotion in her voice was real – but she kept her demeanor cool.  The contrast between Norman and Teasley was striking.

Defense: closing arguments

Teasley said: “What happened to her is not right – but it’s not rape. We know that.”

“Do not be deterred by the overwhelming evidence that was put through to you.”

DA Thurman on Courtney Teasley's defense

DA Thurman had a great close.  Reporters will show it later.

DA Thurman at close of Cory Batey's trial

After the close it was clear reality finally hit Cory Batey.

Cory Batey after the DAs final argument

Cory Batey after the DAs final argument – he soon began crying, looking at his mother.

Corey is waiting outside with his mother. Holding her hand.

The victim is waiting downstairs.  She’s been waiting a long time.

 

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Did Vandenburg retrial produce a witness who testified an attorney suborned perjury

Quick Vanderbilt Sport-bro gang rape, update.

First covered the Vanderbilt Sports-bros, gang rape trial here. Brandon’s friends went nuts the next day, here.  That post scored 10,000 hits.

We also focused on Albert Perez, earlier.

Today’s big surprise

Vandenburg - Defense attorney Albert Perez

Albert Perez, Jr.

Once again, Albert Perez got our attention.  While following today’s testimony, via the excellent Twitter coverage of Stacey Barchenger, we discovered how California witness Joey Quinzio, revealed in court that Vandenburg family friend and criminal defense attorney, Albert Perez, Jr., seemingly acted in a way to suborn perjury, in Stacey’s follow up for the Tennessean.

Witness testifies attorney suborned perjury - Perez

Seems a safe bet the “unnamed attorney” was none other than Albert Perez, Jr as Perez is friend of the family and Brandon’s criminal defense attorney. Perez’s daughter is pictured here, with Brandon’s father, Rod during the reading of the verdict in the first trial.  As this link demonstrates, Rod taught Brandon how to charm women for his own purposes.

 

Rod Vandenburg

Rod Vandenburg and friend.

We contacted the California State Bar on this.  Here is their view on theDuty of Candor

State Bar officials asked for more information, which will be provided. For readers, consider,

The California Penal Code on Suborning Perjury

Suborning perjury - Vandenburg Trial - Perez

as well as,

The California Rules of Professional Conduct for practicing attorneys

Suborning Perjury - Alfred Perez - Vandenburg trial

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Why David Martosko needs to retire from the Daily Mail

As every female over the age of 15 knows, Media is quite misogynistic.
(Men kill women and post pictures of the bodies on Facebook.)

But rather than deal with misogyny, American women are treated to it.  Which is why women are increasingly, not willing to pay for, dreck.

DavidMartosko

David Martosko – a political reporter who misses the basics.

However, when Political reporter David Martosko from the Daily Mail was called out on it, his response was to eschew addressing misogyny in any way or form.

David Martosko punted.

David said he thinks discussing misogyny is “tiresome.”

Yes, “tiresome.”

David Martosko - can't see forest for the trees
Separate from the Trump dreck David turns in – such as this on T-Rump’s wife.

Martosko bristled at the suggestion he should retire.  Not recognizing the obvious,

David Martosko - media

Martosko also evidences total disdain for the safety of women in the workplace.

Including the fact most women prefer to do their job, shockingly:  without being threatened. Why Martosko should retire is because in addition to not being as competent, as say, what serious journalist, nine year old Hilde Kate Lysiak is doing on crime, from her website, Orange Streeet News

David passes the time with posting a shot of 30 kinds of cheese at a Wisconsin airport. (I am not making this up.)  The Daily Mail is apparently paying a handsome salary for cute!

Fast forward to reality in the form telephoned death threats directly to Michelle Fields.  Also known as that tiresome chestnut, misogyny.

Can you recognize the voice of the caller? Click here for the audio death threat made directly to Michelle Fields.

And here’s another thought for T-Rump fans – courtesy (and shout-out) to Jim Treacher.

Jim Treacher asks - Michelle Fields

We need guys like Jim Treacher

So while Martsoko clearly doesn’t get what he is missing as a political reporter; neither do his bosses at the Daily Mail.  Good for Martsoko – bad for everyone else.

Sidebar

Martosko’s not alone. Consider the pundits who keep calling Wisconsin “Progressive.”

Joseph McCarthy got his start as a Wisconsin state judge.  Also, boiling down this, tiresome “man woman” thing, Wisconsin’s State Supreme Court Justice David Prosser, choked-out fellow justice, Ann Bradley.  Yes, it turns out, a judge on Wisconsin’s top court is a choker.

A choker!  And Trump’s in Wisconsin.  My God!  The puns could write themselves!

But don’t look for any historical background in Martosko’s take on anything as he phones it in.  Must be having a jolly old time.

What happens next

While  guys like David Martosko will likely never have a, Come-to-Jesus moment” no one has to believe them.  While it’s important to recognize these cigar chompers (Martosko self-identifies as a “cigar nut”) will proudly stick to their take, adverse to reality, no matter how much evidence is presented, what also is important is this:

Women will walk with their wallets.  (Kind of like the Wall Street Journal’s top misogynyist; James Tranto ) – the reason I cancelled my subscription.

I walked even though the Wall Street Journal covered me nicely in an article about flirting. Yes, flirting. (It turns out, am a killer flirt...for which I owe a debt of gratitude to the short time I lived in Texas.)

Women are increasingly, refusing to pay for dreck.  In all forms. Including police “services.”

Women know calling the police for help, isn’t always a great idea – not with over a thousand police officers fires for sexual misconduct; which is why some are now demanding a change to how male-female crimes are reported, in the first place.

But returning to media; as a woman I demand decent, dreck-free coverage.  Sure, The Daily Mail needs to up their game.  Their competitors certainly have.  Perhaps Daily Mail reporters could take a tip from the Guardian, and read “The Price of Silence.

But so should U.S. media companies.  Stockholders take note:  Women are demanding decent, misogynistic-free, coverage.  No more outrageous displays as by Morning CBS.  That means you, Les Moonves.  

We’re buying stock and demanding change.  

Women are a block of voters you might want to stop antagonizing.

 

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Bernie Sanders: When Sanders, the sudden Democrat – acts Trump lite.

BernieandcatUpdate: Since it appears Bernie Sanders thinks he’s running the Democratic Party, I updated the below, “Chronicles of Bernie” during his presidential campaign because media gave Bernie a complete pass for most of the campaign.  Eventually, Bernie Chronicles expanded to, and ended with Jane.  Here’s their history.

 Vermont’s Burlington College closing.  The crushing debt Jane Sanders created under false loan documents, is the reason for its demise.

But, I digress.  

Near the end of the campaign, Bernie came to San Diego.

There are a number of so-called Democrats who are willing to go to any lengths, apparently, to make Hillary look bad.

Here’s just one example.  Please note  Rena Marrocco chose not to remove the fake photo after she was corrected.  She later ran for office in the Democratic Party, before dropping out.  

Rena Marrocco doesn't like being exposed

By now it should be obvious that Bernie, the “Sudden Democrat” — isn’t a leader.  This is why Bernie attracts people no different than Trump fans, who  have no problem threatening people; and, like Trump…don’t understand the rules.

“Open the doors let the people in!”  roared Bernie to the return roar of the crowd. Wait.  It’s all bs.  The doors were open.  What happened was Bernie supporters didn’t read the rules they’re now complaining about.  Try reading the rules, Bernie bros!   And shouldn’t you know hiring workers from Australia is a bad thing?

In this way, Bernie, an established, long-time member of Congress, mirrors Trump; and  Bernie’s fanatical fan base mirrors Trump’s fans thuggish behavior.  But the real problem remains the same:

Bernie’s arrogance.  Arrogance is why Bernie attracts rigid, “Bernie or Bust” types.

Arrogance is why Bernie has Zero viable endorsements.  (For a history of Bernie’s arrogance, scroll to the print in red from, Vermonters!  Vermonters with a long experience of Bernie.).  The bottom line is, Hillary has the ability to work with people on the opposite side. Bernie simply does not.  Bernie’s not “revolutionary.”  He’s just another example of the kind of rigid spin.  Remember, Bernie’s part of the Congressional establishment.  That has been keeping Congress in neutral.  Or put another way,

What revolution?

Bernie’s long, Congressional history is:  Very slim.  Twenty years plus, established, and:  not much to show for it. How Bernie was able to spin a lackluster career into a “revolution” is an example of people choosing to ignore facts to believe what they want,  including when facts clearly state otherwise.   This is also why Bernie supporters completely ignore Bernie’s refusal to provide tax records, (mirroring Trump); while arrogantly demanding the written  transcripts of a speech made by a private citizen.   Does that sound Democratic to – anyone?  What it sounds like, is not-so-subtle, misogyny.  More on that, later.

So:  Blend the arrogance of Bernie and his “Bernie or Bust” types refusing to learn the rules, add to that, Bernie’s refusal to release tax records (which Americans have depended on for decades), coupled with refusing to address employment and death threats, in a substantial way, of those on the opposite side, and what is left, is:  Bernie’s arrogance.   Every day is simply a new opportunity for Bernie to demonstrate his ego is in charge.  

Talking the talk – not walking the walk

This is why Bernie has the talk but never, actual plan.  

Ultimately, Bernie is not about changing America for the better.  Otherwise, he would have offered thinking people his specific,   plan. Again, this is just like Trump –  a dictator in the making.  Also, Bernie lies.  Want examples?  No problem! Keep reading!  

Or, just kip to the aforementioned text in Red from Vermont editors long accustomed to dealing with Bernie’s ego. [SPOILE ALERT:  The editors of Vermont papers had nothing good to say.]

On March 18, 2016, the crux of Bernie Sander’s problems:  numbers and personality, specifically, Bernie’s arrogance,  finally debuted on network television.

But while most would favor any number of Bernie’s ideas, numbers evidencing Bernie’s personality, no one would claim to  like.

It reveals a propensity of Bernie, to lie: and I don’t mean the Veterans Scandal that happened under Bernie’s watch.

The first number occurs at the 4:22 mark – after Bernie ended a television interview in Phoenix, by standing up and making a move to walk away – but stopping to say,

“Don’t say I walked away(Check it out here including Bernie’s scolding, finger beginning to once-again, shake.)  To be fair:  Jane Sanders also has some very bad numbers.  It cost her a job.  But more on that later.

Another number that’s bad for Bernie is five.  That would be the number of times Bernie voted against the Brady Bill sane gun safety legislation – although the latest data crunch shows Vermont is number Eight out of 50 for gun deaths.  Most victims are women killed by husbands or boyfriends.

DV - Vermont - Bernie Sanders Sane Gun Safety

Bernie Sanders voted against sane gun Safety legislation Five times

Another zero for Bernie. His memory.

Bernie on Crime

How about women and Bernie.

“Zero” is the number of Bernie’s highest paid staffers who are women.

That number ends Bernie’s facade of fairness.  

Another zero for Bernie?  This.

Bernie-noblackhires

More from actual black Vermont residents, on Bernie; below.

Another zero for Bernie?  Foreign policy experience.  

Another zero?  Bernie’s solution for toxic waste.  If Bernie cares so much for the poor, why is Bernie sending toxic waste to poor communities in Texas?  Who engineered that?  

Oops.  Turns out, it was Jane!  Well, here’s how Bernie voted on the toxic waste.

Bernie-ToxicWasteDump

Bernie talks a good talk, but his and Jane’s actions are different.

A moment reserved for Jane – who has separate, money issues

A group in Vermont called for an investigation regarding an alleged bank fraud involving a land deal Jane Sanders secured on behalf of Burlington College, by Jane when she was President. Soon after, Jane resigned.  A new Board of Trustees didn’t want to discuss it. 

Additional details concerning Jane Sanders misrepresented numbers, emerged here.

and, this letter from Bernie.

Bernie - loan pressure for Jane

Bernie the Revolutionary?  Hold On.  

Were you awareRevolutionary Bernie” has had protesters arrested? Or that calling the police to have them arrested, isn’t a new behavior for him?

Separately, consider just one page of what Bernie repeatedly describes as his “$25-$27.00 small donors.” Bernie’s credibility problems began to – forgive the pun, “add up.”

Bernie Sanders small donors

Can we get serious about these “small donations”

But it turns out, according to the Washington Post, Bernie Spent the most, 166 million so far, for ads and millions for consultants.

Couple the above with Bernie’s long history of zero social skills, and it turns out the problem for Bernie in implementing his goals, is Bernie.

Worse, Bernie’s “Get off my lawn” personality is something Bernie’s fans will not address.  

Likewise Bernie fans screech Hillary is “corrupt” and simply won’t address Bernie’s Dirty tricks.

In this way, Bernie’s fans are very much as screechy and strident as Trump’s fans.  This also explains why Bernie’s ruder supporters are constantly being compared to Trump’s, after Trump fans continually refuse to address Trump’s long string of business failures.

Trump is proud to be a jerk.  But Bernie, who would never dream of  being as insulting as Trump (only Gustavo Martinez fits that bill) also thinks his finger shaking “just do it” style is a time saver, when in reality, it’s a wall builder.  A wall builder faster than Trump could ever imagine.

The end result is the very people Bernie needs to achieve his goals, become turned off because of Bernie’s personality.  This also explains why Bernie’s colleagues are not running to the microphone to endorse him. 

Media is finally addressing their failure to investigate

Separately, was happy someone over at MSNBC finally did the math on the sudden Democrat, as well as Bernie’s personality.  In the early morning hours on March 18, 2016, waking to the sound of  TV, I finally heard someone talking about Bernie, in full.

A woman was giving us the skinny on Bernie’s numbers and his core problem.  She said:

  1. “Not enough wins.  
  2. Not enough delegates.
  3. Not enough Super Delegates.”

(Okay!  The math part was easy.  Now for the rest.)  Then the woman added,

but he wants the convention to give him room to make a speech figuring all the delegates will jump to him,” 

Sleepy as I was, (why her name escaped me) it was impossible not to recognize the woman was alluding to Bernie’s arrogance as a core issue against Bernie.

Which until that moment, mainstream media had been doing back-flips to skirt.

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at the Communication Workers of America (CWA) office in Washington December 17, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

More finger shaking – U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at the Communication Workers of America (CWA) office in Washington December 17, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

The long history of Bernie’s personality preventing him from accomplishing goals is only now beginning to appear as media finally is getting off the dime.  

Which how we came to learn, as evidenced by staff salaries, Bernie doesn’t see women as equals.  Makes me wonder what else will be revealed as media gets off the dime on Bernie and Trump both.

Below are some Cliff’s Notes; but the take-away is simple. Bernie treats people disdainfully.  Don’t shoot the messenger for bringing to you, those with a long, negative history of Bernie.

From those who worked with Bernie a long time –  Arrogance.

From Boston Magazine on Bernie’s Vermont background.

“Former aides have called him strident and never satisfied, to the point of being abusive, especially during his first years in Congress. “Bernie is a very demanding guy,” Fiermonte tells me. “He has very high expectations, and he expects people to meet them. But he’s a good boss. I wouldn’t be with him otherwise.” Or, as more than one Vermont politician told me, “Bernie’s an asshole, but he’s our asshole.”

Capitol Hill, Sanders has a reputation for being a pain in the ass. “Bernie believes that he’s right, and that what he wants is for the greater good,” says Houston consultant Susan Boardman Russ, formerly the longtime chief of staff for the late Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords. “Bernie is so certain that what he represents politically is unquestionably correct, therefore everyone should agree. Not much room for compromise…it was, ‘Play in my sandbox, or get out.’

From a former Editor of the Burlington Free Press, in,The Trouble with Bernie

Considering that the Free Press’ editorial positions were very liberal, reflecting the nature of a very liberal Vermont community, one might think that meetings with Sanders were cordial, even celebratory.

They weren’t.

Bernie was always full of himself: pious, self-righteous and utterly humorless. Burdened by the cross of his socialist crusade, he was a scold whose counter-culture moralizing appealed to the state’s liberal sensibilities as well as its conservatives, who embraced his gun ownership stance, his defense of individual rights, an antipathy toward big corporations and, generally speaking, his stick-it-to-them approach to politics.

My most memorable encounter with Sanders was during an editorial board session during a period when the Vermont Progressive Party was reconstituting itself to challenge for more seats on the Burlington City Council.

Sanders had been mayor of Burlington from 1981 until 1989, institutionalizing progressive government in the city and other Vermont enclaves. Although he has been in Washington since his election to the House of Representatives in 1991, he remained the titular head of the movement, yet refused to endorse a progressive slate seeking City Council seats or the new leadership orchestrating the campaigns.

After discussing his favorite issues — corporations, government reform, health care and the like, I asked about his unwillingness to endorse his fellow progressives. He said it wasn’t his role. I suggested voters might expect him to weigh in. He disagreed, clearly annoyed at the persistent questioning. Finally I suggested that he had a larger moral responsibility to the progressive movement.

At which point he jumped out of his seat, told me to go f*** myself and stormed out of the edit board meeting. OK, maybe my persistence bordered on hectoring. But I felt he ought to provide an honest answer. My suspicion was that he resented others for assuming his mantle of progressive leadership and wouldn’t acknowledge them.

He returned to the meeting about five minutes after the outburst and we continued to discuss issues of the day.”

The Bottom line:  Bernie is simply not presidential material.

Then there’s the people whose vote Bernie is supposedly courting.

Black Vermonters on Bernie?  They felt invisible.  Not impressed.

“Racial profiling is a fact of life here,” said Vaughn Carney, a black lawyer in the state who has supported Sanders in every election but plans to vote for Hillary Clinton for president.

“Vermont incarcerates people at the fourth highest rate in the U.S., but no one talks about that. I have been beating on that drum for a while now, and I hoped that Bernie would up that mantle, but he has not. He is like a lot of Vermonters who like to congratulate themselves on how progressive they are but sweep these issues under the rug.”

Carney said that he and other black leaders in the state often turned to Vermont’s other senator, Patrick Leahy, for matters pertaining to the community.

“Overall we felt as though Sen. Leahy was interested in keeping informed on our issues,” Carney said of the Senate Judiciary Chairman who often deals with criminal justice legislation. “We put out an all-points bulletin to our congressional delegation. Leahy responded and was instrumental in drawing attention to it. We got no response back from the other senator’s office, which was an indication that civil rights was not his top priority.”

“I think Bernie tends to run away from racial and ethnic issues,” Carney concluded.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t dislike Bernie. He’s a hard worker and; excluding people killed by guns, Bernie has done well for the State of Vermont; a state with perhaps more cows than people. But the fact is, Bernie’s personality won’t work as president. Also, Bernie’s fans – who are more akin to Trump’s fans, won’t address another fact. Bernie’s female ex-staffers bolted for Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Nope. Bernie’s fans will not talk about that.

That’s it for today.  Will be updating this post to chronicle ongoing examples of Bernie, the Sudden Democrat, alienating people.

While I am grateful Bernie, pushed true Democrats Left of Center, that’s it.  I do not care for Bernie’s methods; but more importantly, I recognize Bernie is neither fair to women, black people of either sex; and hasn’t the tact and diplomacy needed to be the Leader of the free world.  Half of whom are women.  This, and ending American misogyny is why

#ImWithHer

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Time to retire the phrase “Liberal media”

So-called, “Liberal media” is dead. It was a slow, but mostly, quiet death.

(Mourners mourned independently.)

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Also, it wasn’t Liberal media.  Just facts not to the liking of the right wing, (largely corporations).  Thus the cry, “Liberal Media” was born to combat those daring to print or air unpopular truths about corporations or government.

It should be noted, however, when people say “media is biased” they mean journalism:  It should also be noted they are wrong.

Media replaced journalism:  It’s all about those ad revenues, baby!

Les Moonves couldn’t have been more specific.  

(The public is immaterial.)

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Media has no accountability to the public.  Only to shareholders. Trump is a media created candidate.

There is a solution.  If you’re pressed for time, it’s comedians.  Hit Control F, and type “Comedians.”  It’s near the end.

But before doing so, realize Media spends no time denying they created the laughing stock candidate of the world, aka:  Mr. Bluster.

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P.S.  It’s worse than anyone imagined

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How we lost journalism

By and large, Americans didn’t realize how good they had it when they had the Fairness Doctrine

Americans didn’t realize the editorial department could rail against news coverage in their very own pages.

on-airOnce upon a time Americans had rich – and by rich, I mean the ability to be fully informed, in rich detail, by one TV news station. This was made possible via the FCC which mandated the “Fairness Doctrine”  –  which deemed both sides of an issue must be aired so the listening and viewing public could hear, hopefully the best each side had to offer, then decide for themselves how they thought about an issue.  At the time television news stations took the trouble to locate the most informed on a subject.  (That time has long since, passed.)

 The FCC also deemed rich guys who owned newspapers, couldn’t own TV stations.

Henry Luce….came along, and eventually, Time Magazine as Luce became more interested in the “middle class.” Now known as the “new poor.”

Henry Luce - quality of life for middle class

RonaldReaganUnfortunately, along came President Ronald Reagan and the campaign to end the Fairness Doctrine as the enemy of free speech, began.  Reagan killed the Fairness Doctrine by a Veto.

Reagan was followed by George W. Bush.  Or, as Molly Ivins called him;  Shrub.  

 

GeorgeBushBush killed the attempted return of the Fairness Doctrine.  

President Obama has expressed zero interest in a revival.    

One last thing about the Fairness Doctrine.

 

Chuck Todd assured me the Fairness Doctrine isn’t coming back.

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Since Tim Russert’s death, our best days are behind us

Americans trusted Tim Russert.  Tim did his research for Meet the Press; and although the questions were tough, Tim treated everyone fairly.  Guests showed up knowing their seat at the Sunday table was a hot seat.  But they showed up because they also knew Tim was fair.  

The public was keenly aware Tim was on our side.   We trusted him.  So when Tim died, so young, so suddenly, Americans dropped everything and watched all coverage.  Some were so upset, they simply got in their cars and drove to Washington.  At Tim’s funeral, President Obama sat next to his John McCain.

So far, no one has replaced Tim.

Sexism in coverage – blatant and subtle

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Probably the best take on media sexism is Think Progress on Hillary Clinton; one of the most complex women of our time.  Madame Secretary is also the most qualified candidate.  No one with credibility says anything else.  

But seriously,  how many people have seen this poster of Madame Secretary?

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The problem is the same.  Media employs a lot of people with no credibility, as pundits.

The pundit list is long, and seemingly endless.  My favorite, and by favorite I mean “most reprehensible” is FOX,  the Rupert Murdoch owned corporation that employed fake CIA agent Wayne Simmons to assassinate the character of Nancy Pelosi – prior to his arrest.  Or convicted felon, Dinesh De’Souza.  The standard for FOX is simple.  All that’s needed is a willingness to say anything.  (No claim is too outrageous.)

Which is separate from qualified journalists such as David Sirota, who loathes Hillary Clinton and gears his coverage accordingly.  Or columnist, Ron Fournier; a man so toxic it just seemed more healthy to drop his Twitter account.

So we have to find our own.  Lucky for me, I found Houston firecracker, Propane Jane!

Thanks Twitter!

Yet the sexist cracks are also from sudden Democrat, Bernie Sanders.  Bernie’s “She gave speeches for money” while overlooking people give speeches all the time for money, then vote against the donors.  

Sexist media also makes no mention of this.  Bernie claims he’s not been paid for a single speech to Wall Street.  Which begs the question, why would anyone pay to hear the same speech Bernie’s given for 40 years…minus a plan?  

Sexist media asks no questions.

So Bernie’s ridiculous response, as well as the below, is simply not addressed.

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So with that in mind, now seems as good time as any to mention Ronald Reagan adored Margaret Thatcher!

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But we have problems.  Although the murder rate is up in California, the state with the highest population in the nation, amazingly, the safety of women isn’t even on the Platform for the California Democratic Party.  Even after this.  How crazy is that?

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Women count.

We know California’s tech crowd is uber-misogynyistic. How else to describe people like Steve Westly, who was one of a band of Silicon Valley CEO types who worked together to protect a guy who was filmed beating his girlfriend over 100 times.  (It was San Francisco, so Probation.)

Perhaps American women and decent men, could borrow a page from Iceland’s history.

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Be the voting block of our best choice

What’s the solution?

As media shows no signs of responsibility to the public, the public can opt for the most potent recourse.  Comedians.  

Jon Stewart, John Oliver.  To a lesser extent, the Jimmys.   Fallon and Kimmel.  

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Hannibal Buress

Because when all else failed, it was a comedian Hannibel Buress who brought down Bill Cosby.

As women do things differently, and this is a different campaign, my secret wish is Hillary’s campaign hires comedians to warm up the crowd.  

Then when Hillary comes out, she and the comedian can chat a bit, before Hillary speaks to serious topics.  Am told Hillary is warm and funny in real life, so why not?

Here’s a few to start. Nina Bargiel,  @SlackMistress  or Keith Lyle,  @FunnyKeithLyle or Evan J. Kessler @EvanJKessler  – along with my hope they forward their CVs and clips to the DNC.

Best for last  – Click here for trailer of the almost finished, documentary of Molly Ivins.

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Donald Trump’s super racist fans are ready for Super Tuesday!

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Trump: The New Mouth of the South

Donald Trump’s racist fans are ready for Super Tuesday!  

ARE YOU READY TO RUMMM—BBBLE!

The farther South Donald Trump travels, the more racists are out, loud, and proud.  

Possibly due to the once Grand Wizard of the the Klu Klux Klan, David Duke, telling his radio show listeners to get out and support Rump.  Trump.

But make no mistake, this has been happening for a long time.  See Tweet from Nevada Senator Aaron D. Ford 

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Enter the star-struckers

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Trump’s star-struckers; Joe Scarborough and sidekick, Mica

To advance the Trump candidacy, both GOP and media, largely have — ignored it.

Including the worst example, NBC‘s Scary Joe Scarborough, and his sidekick and perpetual seat warmer, Mica Brzezinski who reportedly accompanied Trump on the campaign trail in a way that even made other reporters wary.

Meanwhile, the KKK numbers grew louder, and more bold as mainstream media seemed determined to Support Trump.  Joe Scarborough traveled to Florida and ignored the Klan.

  • Michael Hill, head of the League of the South, an Alabama-based white supremacist secessionist group, said Trump was “good” for the white racist cause. “I love to see somebody like Donald Trump come along,” Hill said. “Not that I believe anything that he says. But he is stirring up chaos in the GOP, and for us that is good.” Osnos attended a speech Hill gave to a crowd of cheering followers in which he railed against the “cultural genocide” of white Americans, which he said was “merely a prelude to physical genocide.”
  • Brad Griffin, a member of Hill’s League of the South and author of the popular white supremacist blog Hunter Wallace, has written that his esteem for Trump is “soaring,” and has lauded the candidate for his “hostile takeover of the Republican Party.”

Amazingly, David Duke earlier said he admired Trump’s racism, before adding Trump talked too much.  Seriously.  David Duke said that!

Only today, did Joe come to his senses.  Somewhat.  Jo wasn’t concerned about racism itself.  What bothered Joe, a former Congressman, was that it wouldn’t buy Trump new votes. 

http://mediamatters.org/embed/208877

Joe Scarborough - Trump Votes

The Bottom line is: America has always been a nation of happy racist and misogynists.

Change does not come easy with for CEO’s who earned a great deal off the backs of those they’ve oppressed.  But in that GOP now owns most of media;

Trump is what you get when a hyped mostly GOP media replaces journalism.

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Lastly, and finally – good news.  The pros haven’t said much about Trump.  Although I suspect, they’re likely remembering “Bella.”

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and thus, waiting for Super Tuesday to be over,

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Before “Get to work Wednesday.”

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How Trump financially devastated people who just wanted a condo

Question:  How does Trump get rich off people looking to invest in one of his claimed, condo projects?

Answer:  Easy.  They believe Trump’s hype and jump right in.

(In the area of hype, media has been providing quite the helpful assist.)

Question:  How long after they fall for the hype do they learn the reality behind the hype?  

Answer:  Too long.  That’s the thing about hype.  The spigot is always open. 

But in fairness, Trump’s victims play a key role in their own, financial demise.  That people believe in Donald Trump do so at their own peril, is a given.  However, people continue to be duped because even smart people will throw away their life savings, after — becoming star-struck and — losing their minds.  

San Diego’s Stephen and Linda Drake were once two such people.  As reported by AP with the LA Times in 2009; the Drakes, she a shrink, he an airline pilot and financial planner, plunked down $250,000 down payment for a 19th floor oceanfront condo in 2006.

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Nice brochure!

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It didn’t turn out well for the Drakes –  or anyone else

The Drakes continue to reside in San Diego.  

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The Trump Baja Dream

The LA Times again covered the Baja Mexico Project in May, of 2009.  This time they quoted Hamed Hoshyarsar – who echoed the same reason for buying the Drakes did.  The Trump name was why he shelled out for the project.

Trump’s Ocean Resort – Baja Mexico, also attracted Hamed Hoshyarsar, a Northridge accountant, for the same reason. Trump was quoted in the LA Times

In that article Trump stated:

“I’m very proud of the fact that when I build, I have investors that follow me all over,” he says in the eight-minute marketing video produced for potential buyers. “They invest in me. They invest in what I build, and that’s why I’m so excited about Trump Ocean Resort.

“This is going to be something very, very special.”

Then came came the hot Santa Anas winds.  Rather than a condo, reality blew in.

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When reality hit Trump condo buyers, it blew away the glitz.

The hype machine closed and attorneys filed lawsuits. 

 

Perhaps in the future everyone, reporters included, will ask if Trump is the developer or if he’s just living a dream licensing deal.  Or, contact the project.  Which remains online!

Fast forward a couple of years – and the lawsuit settlement is announced. By then the people are so worn out they settle for pennies on the dollar seven and a half million dollars from investments of 31 million….and likely, a Confidentiality Clause.

Except whenever Trump is quoted in the LA Times as he was on November 27, 2013. Then Trump generally says the same thing. “The Plaintiffs are happy.

I am not sure how. I am not sure how any Plaintiff can be happy if Trump settles a 31 million dollar investor lawsuit for 7 million and after paying attorney fees, pocketing the rest.  Fast forward to another lawsuit, currently in the works.

TrumpU2Trump University however, is another matter.  I covered that debacle, yesterday, here.

And yet, in spite of the facts which are clear, people are still retaining their right to be duped.

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Dirk Diggler – Believe it or not, this is not a parody account

So the question must be asked:  Can anyone blame Trump for taking advantage of people who are begging to be taken advantage?  Including the Republican Party.  Trump fans are driving the “revolution.” 

The Republican Party seems to have only recently discovered the Trump revolution is being fueled by Racists….the reason for Trump’s popularity. 

And not just any old racists.  Racists who are proud to be racist. Racists not only don’t believe a racist candidate is a bad thing; they believe Trump is their salvation.  

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Trump has the KKK endorsement. It’s 2016.

Yesterday Trump disavowed David Duke’s KKK endorsement.  Today, he walked it back. Trump walked on stage in Alabama and then announced an endorsement from racist Jeff Sessions!  Sessions lost a judicial nomination for saying,

“I used to think the KKK was okay until I found out they smoked pot.”

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So Donnie Trump.  Thanks!

Will leave your racist, Anti-American fans and GOP party members with one serious piece of advice, and a joke. 

When the words and the actions don’t match:  Trust the actions.

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Meet the business partners Donald Trump refuses to mention

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Donald Trump – Misogynist Businessman

Two things about Donald Trump:  One a lie; and one a strange behavior.

Lets start with the strange behavior.

Does anyone else think it’s weird Donald Trump keeps talking about his “experts” the “best guys” the “toughest businessmen” he claims he’ll use to ‘Make America Great’ but has not once mentioned by name?

Trump’s been getting away with this for months − Months for the simple reason not one reporter asked,

“Well, Mr. Trump, could you identify one?”

So I checked.

Voila!  Turns out; Trump’s list of smart, tough business people includes no shortage of thugs. Also, no shortage of  racists.  It turns out, there’s a long history of that.  (See Report from Daily Beast on Trump’s lawsuit for racial profiling.) More on the previously reported racists and thugs, later.  They aren’t that interesting. 

But it turns out Trump is such an unmitigated disaster, even the English press began reporting on Trump.   The businessman.  They began with Trump stiffing his sick nephew, after promising to pay his medical bills.

The family of Trump’s nephew sued, stating Donald Trump had exerted pressure on his father to change his Will at a time he was suffering from dementia.  Don blamed Freddy’s ex-wife for cutting out his sick nephew out of medical benefits.  It was a classic, “You made me do it.

A portion of the NY Times article on that is below.

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Donald Trump – a man who can’t be trusted around sick children

So now we know how Trump treats his sick nephews.  That this doesn’t bother Trump speaks volumes.  But I do know what does bother him. 

What’s bothering Trump, is neither Mario Rubio or Ted Cruz. 

It’s much better.  

Ironically, Trump’s biggest problem is,

Trump University!

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The lie.  The lie how Trump University is at the forefront of Trump’s biggest problems — and boy oh boy Trump knows it.  On the Campaign trial Trump says he deals with people in other countries every day.  On the campaign trail, Trump says “You have to get along.”

But the Trump University litigation reveals Trump doesn’t get along.  He doesn’t negotiate.  He just sues.

That’s the Trump lie Trump would prefer you not know.

Which explains why – at this moment,  I’m listening to Trump speak to a crowd in Oklahoma City, a crowd one would rightly expect came to hear how Trump was going to make their lives better; but who instead, have spent the last 10 minutes listening to Trump complain about the lawsuit against Trump University.  By a yoga instructor.  (With Trump it’s always women.)

The problem is Trump will have to sit for more depositions….and unlike what Trump is telling the crowd:  Trump. Is. Still. Losing. The. Case.

First Trump is repeatedly telling the crowd (and this will hold true for every political rally) that the judge is Hispanic. Then he mentioned (also a couple of times) that being Hispanic wasn’t really a problem.

But what didn’t Trump didn’t say is this: The original judge in San Diego, Irma Gonzalez, was the judge who ruled in favor of of  Trump’s counter-claim in San Diego, (later successfully appealed) was also Hispanic. Because Trump is trying to sell his version of reality, that is opposite of what the 

Appeals Court, wrote:

Gonzalez had failed to set the appropriately high standard that Trump University must meet to prove defamation as a “limited public figure,” according to the ruling.
The U.S. Supreme Court has identified “limited public figures” as those “who achieve their status by ‘thrust[ing] themselves to the forefront of particular public controversies in order to influence the resolution of the issues involved.'”
This is exactly what Trump University has done, sometimes through its famous namesake, since it began “aggressively” advertising its services and fighting back against negative press.
“To be clear: Trump University is not a public figure because Donald Trump is famous and controversial,” Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw wrote for the panel. “Nor is Trump University a public figure because it utilized Donald Trump as a celebrity pitchman. Trump University is a limited public figure because a public debate existed regarding its aggressively advertised educational practices. Did Trump’s famous moniker draw public attention when Trump University’s business practices proved worthy of debate? Perhaps. However, having traded heavily on the name and fame of its founder and chairman, Trump University was in no position to complain if the public’s interest in Trump fueled the flames of the legitimate controversy that its business practices engendered.”
To win its defamation counterclaim, Trump University must now show that Makaeff “made her statements with ‘actual malice,’ i.e., knowledge of their falsity or reckless disregard of their truth.”
“If, upon remand, Trump University cannot make such a showing, it has no possibility of success on the merits and the district court should grant Makaeff’s special motion to strike,” Wardlaw wrote.”

So and clearly, in spite of Trump’s traveling revisionist history events:  the issue isn’t the ethnicity of the Judge; but the merits of the case.  Including the business model for Trump University; and Trump’s behavior.  David Letterman had a thought on that score.

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Heads up:  Trump fans

Again, although most people go to political rallies to hear how their lives are going to be made better; Trump is spending his political capital trying to get people to feel sorry for him while claiming to be tormented by yoga instructors and others who believed his commercials.

I expect Trump’s attempt to rewrite history continues, and that Trump is hoping like crazy nobody fact-checks.

Trump’s Back up plan for fact-checkers

Attack the press.  Especially if the reporter is female.

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Mamma’s – don’t let your babies grow up to interview Trump

So and clearly, Trump’s rattled.  

Which may explain why Trump threatened to financially ruin yoga instructor, Tarla Makaeff.

Below are the results of some of the findings which have been appealed all the way up to the 9th Circuit Court.  (And still Trump litigates….and on the campaign trail Trump says “You have to get along with people.”  The lie of Trump is plainly seen in the amount of litigation.

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Tarla Makaeff, the original lead Plaintiff, a yoga instructor and student who appeared to benefit the most – ($798,779.24) after enrolling in Trump University.    

Tarla learned a lot at Trump University.  But the $798K was not from sales commissions after graduating from Trump University, which is neiter a University or still in business. (Trump University was also sued by New York State’s Attorney General.)

However, when Tarla realized she would not get any of her money back unless she sued.  Tarla’s Complaint stated:

“Trump University is more like an infomercial, selling nonaccredited products, such as sales workshops, luring customers in with the name and reputation of its founder and chairman, billionaire land mogul Donald J. Trump,”  

The case filed six years ago, is titled Makaeff v. Trump University LLC, 10-cv-00940, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California. (San Diego) and Trump revealed he has one style of negotiation.  Delay, threaten to sue the attorneys, and delay some more.

The case against Trump University offered tawdry details of inappropriate financial advice, inappropriate behavior by Trump “mentors” and altered real estate documents, after signature, and more.

But when the dust cleared at the 9th Circuit, U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel on April 9 awarded Makaeff $798,779.24 in fees and costs.  Trump appealed the order, naturally.

In fact, during depositions, Trump threatened to sue Tarla’s attorneys.   Most of the deposition is under seal for the next five years.   But Michsel Iskaoff wrote about the case, and got a shot that wasn’t too redacted, below.

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Trump demonstrates he’s a, one-trick pony

Ultimately, Tarla the yoga instructor – felt threatened enough that she dropped out as lead Plaintiff.  Good news:  Others stepped up.  The case continues.

What about Trump’s business associates?

Oh yeah, them.  They turned out to be the least interesting.

Think cocaine users.  Think Mafia.  Think thugs. Trump University is the real Achilles Heel.  Fittingly, it tripped a heel.

The skinny

Book:  The Deal and the Downfall – By Wayne Barrett

“Key among these assertions is that in 1983, after Trump had obtained a casino license, he met with Anthony “Fat Tony” Salerno, head of the Genovese crime family, at the Manhattan townhouse of Roy Cohn, a lawyer who represented both men.”

The book asserts:

* Became virtually a son to Roy Cohn, whom Barrett calls Trump’s “bridge to the mob.” The book points out that in 1985, Hilton Hotels Corp. was denied a New Jersey casino license in part because of Hilton’s comparatively minor dealings with Sidney Korshak, a lawyer with reputed mob ties. Yet the gaming division never wrote a report that raised “the possibility that Cohn’s mob liaisons . . . might have been used to facilitate Trump construction projects.”

* Sought labor peace on the construction of Trump Tower by providing a condo to a female friend of John Cody, boss of the concrete workers’ union doing work on the tower and an alleged Gambino crime-family associate. After Cody was imprisoned and lost power over the project, Trump sued the woman for nonpayment of rent and fees.

* Quickly settled the suit against Cody’s female friend, paying her $500,000 when she filed court papers accusing Trump of taking kickbacks from an architect working on her apartment.

* Maintained a decade-long relationship with Kenny Shapiro, whom the book characterizes as an investment banker for former Philadelphia mob boss Nicky Scarfo.

* Paid nearly double the market price for a piece of Atlantic City property owned by Salvatore Testa, an alleged capo in the Scarfo crime family.

* Arranged in 1982 to funnel campaign contributions to Mike Mathews, then a candidate for Atlantic City mayor. State law bars casino owners from making political contributions. The contributions were allegedly channeled through Shapiro and Dan Sullivan, a labor consultant once employed by Trump and later barred from the casino industry for mob ties.

* Invited to his 1990 birthday party Manny Ciminello, a big Trump-casino gambler who was a partner with Salerno and Castellano in a concrete company.

* Made false and misleading statements on applications for some of the $1.9 billion in bank loans on which he defaulted; all the loans were subject to approval by casino regulators.

* Wrote a 1986 letter seeking lenient sentencing treatment for Joseph Weichselbaum, a convicted marijuana and cocaine trafficker whose firms supplied Trump casinos with helicopters even after Weichselbaum’s arrest and conviction.

* Felt so close to Weichselbaum that Trump proposed that his mistress, Marla Maples, hide out from the press in Weichselbaum’s Trump Tower condo.

* Attended the settlement of a Trump Tower condo purchased by alleged Lucchese crime family associate Robert Hopkins. Hopkins ran the biggest illegal numbers operation in New York out of his Trump Tower condo, according to court records cited in the book.

The end game

Remember two things.

  1.  No one has ever heard Trump apologize.  For anything. Ever.  Don’t wait up.
  2.  By far the funniest part to the Traveling Trump circus is: Mitch McConnell.

Mitch McConnell stating he and GOP would drop Trump like a hot rock if Trump got the nomination.  

The same Mitch McConnell who met in secret with other big-shot Republicans then announced they would do their best to make President Obama a, “A One-Term President.”

 

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Did Bernie Sanders “bad actor” supporters cost him Nevada?

Bad reporting overcome by Dreamers and others

UPDATE:  February 21, 2016 –  Actress and political activist Susan Sarandon uploads a video of the entire thing…including the part where the Moderator states there will be No Discrimination, before stating “English Only” – which no one has questioned. Suggest beginning at the 52:00 mark for context.

(The camera is far from the stage and absolutely picked up the screaming – not chanting, which was raised over people objecting to Dolores not being chosen.  It was a direct smack to Dolores.)

Not mentioned:   Why the moderator stated he was moving forward, “in English.” It seems his rationale was saving time.  He said many people spoke both languages –  people nearby could translate.  The moderator was getting flustered.

However, to the point of this article, media missing the dirty tricks of Bernie’s bad actors; Next day reporting included:   Bernie supporter, Don Schubert, was arrested after trying to place an Obituary Notice featuring Hillary, in the Las Vegas Review Journal.

Media also misreported that Hillary did not get the Hispanic vote, although she did.  Expect state and national levels of misogynistic reporting to continue.

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Original column below.

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It wasn’t all Harry Reid.

Absent the sexist reporting in Nevada by John Ralston – of Ralston Reports, who briefly paired up with MSNBCs team of Chris Matthews, Chris Hayes, and Chuck Todd; media spent the day wondering out loud, in non-stop sexist language, whether Hillary “could pull it off” without so much as a mention of her hard work.

Only MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki reported the numbers, strictly by the numbers. 

Chuck Todd asked if Hillary’s “pinky was on the scale.” To a one, the talking heads centered around Harry Reid, before going on in detail about the dirty tricks pulled by the Cruz campaign.  

Mainstream media had an opportunity to get the Nevada campaign right, earlier – had they reported the dirty tricks committed by Bernie’s bad actor supporters, were likely backfiring to increase Hillary’s lead.

Instead, mainstream media punted, and missed. Who won?  We did. A nation that realized:

  1. Mainstream media is often, early wrong in matters political; and
  2. Many people turn to Twitter for what is really going on, which,
  3. Makes Twitter the “trusted source” instead of mainstream media.

In this case, the news about dirty tricks played by Bernie’s bad actors have been rumbling on Twitter for the past couple of weeks.  Bernie doesn’t like them, and wishes they would stop.  

They do not stop.  However, the bad actors impacted Nevada two ways.  

  1. By revealing Bernie can’t handle his supporters, (examples below) as well as,
  2. The anger towards Bernie’s bad actors…likely contributed sending people to Hillary.

Although exactly none of this was reported on Television, news got out anyway.

Citizen Journalists and Dreamers reported dirty tricks at the ands of Bernie’s bad actors, promptly, well, and on, Twitter.

Tricks like Bernie supporters calling people late in the evening pretending to be Hillary supporters; or the more obvious, (hat tip to Cheska Perez) who filmed Bernie’s Campaign Bus,  blocking the entrance to Hillary’s campaign Office and leaving the noisy engine running here.

Or America Ferrera‘s tweet, about Bernie supporters blocking Delores Huerta from translating by shouting “English Only.”

America Ferrera Caught Bernie's Bad Actors

and Delores fighting back,

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So one might be tempted to think mainstream media might mention this, if only anecdotally.  

Well, you might.  Not me!  I’ve been writing about misogyny in media for a long time.   Consider the example of CBS women leading the misogynistic pack.  I call it the “The Ick Factor.”

At one point near the end when Hillary’s win appeared clear, which clearly did not please the talking herds,  heads, my frustration towards MSNBC’s four hours of non-stop sexism was revealed:

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Never-the-less, on February 20, 2016, the gods smiled on a hard-working Hillary.

In a tie vote – they drew cards.  

Hillary didn’t just pull a higher card.  She went beyond.  The gods were smiling.

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Hillary literally, aced it.

 

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RNC Debate – mirrors DeRay McKesson’s disregard for women

February 13, 2016

A couple of facts women might want to think about while watching the debate in South Carolina, one of the South’s, top Evangelical states….and DeRay McKesson; currently running for Mayor of Baltimore.

Heads up Black Women:  Do not support any man like DeRay; who has made very plain, his lack of regard for women.

Much like South Carolina, DeRay doesn’t care about women.  That much was evident in DeRay’s 19 page plan “Plan for Baltimore.”

Not one page was devoted to women.  Women often killed by black men.

In 2013 South Carolina led the nation in men killing women.

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Here’s how South Carolina’s numbers break down.
South Carolina - men killing women breakdown in this evangelical state

Much like DeRay – the Debate in South Carolina did not address the murder of 50% of the population.  Women.

It’s important for the public to know how their Congressional representatives immediately addressed these ongoing family slaughters.  Particularly those from Bible States.  (You know, God, family and the Sanctity of marriage and all.)

Republicans hate women

 

So, when it comes to the media-anointed leaders of  Black Lives Matters,  (Black Lives Matters was created by women and hijacked by DeRay)

DeRay seems more Republican.

How else to explain how Deray could release a 19 point plan to revitalize the City of Baltimore; but not one page was devoted to how to end the practice of men killing women?

Not one page mentioned black men kill black women at a rate 2.5+ more than other groups in America.

Black men murder black women two and a half times PLUS other groups

Nope. Not one!   DeRay is all about black lives….but ladies, DeRay is not talking about lives of black women, mattering.  

DeRay’d just like you to donate to his campaign, and then vote for him.  Don’t fall for it.

below is a little more background, but the short version is: shortly after Sandra Bland died, I noticed DeRay didn’t mention it.

Same thing happened when David Conley, a black man, killed his former wife and six kids.  Nothing from DeRay’s very active Twitter feed.

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Deray ignoring dead black women and their 6 kids

Hope y’all live to see another day but if you plan on donating for DeRay – I’d wait until he comes up with a plan to end the slaughter of black women and children killed by their husbands boyfriends.  But I would not donate dime one, until then.

Enjoy the debate, and remember this:  Men will act, when women demand it.  The best  Valentine’s Day women can have, is when the men in their lives demonstrate how much they are actually care about them.  If not – move on.

 

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New Hampshire Results: Twitter indicated correct results by 9:00A.M.

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Compare Twitter to Polls accurately predicting REPUBLICAN winners since 1952

Dear Political Geeks!

No waiting!  Thanks @Jack!

Twitter provided us by 09:00a.m., a dead-on,  heads up for the New Hampshire polling results.  How? Easy!

I simply took a series of screen shots of candidates tweets at roughly the same time, the morning the polls opened in New Hampshire.  Then I compared the retweets and tallied the final results.

Turns out, the results were mostly a match!  So,  no waiting, or need to listen to pundits all day.  Yay!   Here’s how it shook out.  

People identifying as Democrats  (including “belated” Democrats)

1.  Bernie: 1,006      (“Likes” while friendly, are less committed and therefore, not counted.)

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2.  Hillary: 432 

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(Quick educational moment – likely to annoy those clinging to narrative)

Hillary called for change at Wall Street – according to Politico.

People identifying as Republicans – (for the time-being)

3.  Trump: 842 

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Related: Reporters, please remember the job is actually for the leader of the free world. What say reporters stop talking about candidates and investigate all candidates? (Subtitled:  Tired of sexism.)

 Only CNN’s Brian Seltzer retweeted this tweet.

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 Now for the Governors!

4.  Jeb (¡):   49

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Including the prior evening.  44

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But wait, it gets worse!

5.  Gov. Christie:   0

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Turns out Christie doesn’t tweet too much.  Christie’s last tweet was January 29th!

(Christie lost big because as his tweeting shows, this former prosecutor didn’t engage.  He merely held court.)

At least Gov. Kasich is aware.

6.  Gov. Kasich:  35

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Major problem for John Kasich.  Kasich’s got an education scandal Ohio reporters were all over.  But outside of Ohio, national reporters didn’t seem to find.  (Or bother doing their investigative, due diligence.) But Kasich’s education scandal was out there all the time.

Senators!

7.  Senator Marco Rubio: 118

We had to search for a tweet Marco actually did himself. Not saying Marco’s lazy, but he does generally, simply retweet volunteer tweets.  Dude!  Lift a finger!  Engage!

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Full disclosure:   Have poked fun at some of Rubio’s volunteers.

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Former business leaders – still in denial.

Fiorana:  174

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Now the question becomes – after Bernie’s win, will reporters actually begin doing their job? (How much are reporters going to talk about Trump as opposed to digging into Trump’s background?  And how about the ethical problems surrounding the Sanders campaign? Turns out, sexism is alive and well in media.   But we knew that.)

Nevada:  Bernie has a few problems in Nevada.  Rubio does in Flordia.

  1. Problem One for Bernie in Nevada.
  2. Problem Two for Bernie in Nevada.
  3. Problem One for Rubio in South Carolina – direct from Florida

Again, all of us must remember our vote is not  for President.  It’s for the leader of  the free world. Bernie’s been great in Vermont.  A state with 660 thousand people. Trump of course, remains a misogynist’s dream come true.  Florida rejects Jeb and Marco.

But as Americans, as our job is to remember our vote goes miles beyond our pay grade. Can’t we all agree it’s best for the world, to elect the most qualified?  

If we end sexism, and misogyny first; a lot of other problems will disappear.  

On Super Bowl Sunday, Gwyneth Paltrow grabbed a shot of what it’s all about.  Love.  

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Gwyneth Paltrow gets it right – one more time.

 

 

 

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Melanie Caldwell White’s attempt to shame Idaho rape victim

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Hi!  I’m Melanie Caldwell White. I try to shame rape victims.

I used to wonder who are these women who attempt to shame women brave enough to report rapes.  

No more.

After the rape charge arrest of KMVT weatherman John “Jack” Holland, I wonder no more.  

Behold, Melanie Caldwell White

staffer at Maxie’s Pizza and Pasta when not attempting to rape-shame, crime victims.

This is Melanie. She would like you to believe she’s a nice person.  She is not.

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Hi! My name is Melanie Caldwell White – and I shame rape victims!

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“Hi – I’m Jack Holland. I want to thank Melanie Caldwell White!

Coverage began as such:

KMVT opted for “Reporting Lite” regarding Holland’s arrest, with: 

“According to documents filed this afternoon with the court, on Friday evening Holland met with a woman at a local restaurant. After drinks, records say the woman told Holland that she needed to eat, due to the effects of alcohol.

According to police records, the woman accompanied Holland to his dwelling, where, records say, she was given more alcohol.

Records say that a short time later Holland initiated sex, but that she told him at least three times that she did not want to proceed. The woman told police that Holland refused to stop, and completed the sex act with the use of a condom.

Following the encounter the woman presented herself to investigators with the Twin Falls Police Department and informed them that she had been raped.”

Separately; the language, “the woman presented herself to investigators” is sketchy.  

Most journalists would simply write “contacted police” or “reported the rape to police.”

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Jack Holland, charged with rape, announces he’s pro-condom. Um, yay???

But apparently, one, small, coverage-lite ‘report’ from the very station employing Holland,

was all Melanie “Low Information” Caldwell White needed to launch her full-scale attack on the rape victim, below.  But first:

Fair Warning:  

  1.  Melanie raged about the victim, throughout.
  2.  Melanie’s “reasoning” did not contain an iota of common sense
  3. Melanie also has trouble with “their” and “there.”  But and good news:
  4. Melanie would never be picked for a jury.
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Melanie Caldwell White immediately attempted to shame Idaho Rape Victim

This is Melanie. She’s a little rough around the edges.

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Wanna see my tramp stamp?

A more flushed out report could easily have been found, but Melanie seems not big on anything beyond a bare bones account from KMVT‘s own report about their own weatherman, John “Jack” Holland.  

Although other reports were plentiful.  

More flushed out reports mentioned Holland invited a woman out for drinks and then back to his place for dinner.  At least according to MagicValley.com  which also reported:

“The woman told police she met Holland for a planned date at a local restaurant Friday night and agreed to go back to his apartment for dinner after having drinks at the restaurant, court documents said. Once at the apartment, Holland poured the woman a “substantial amount of ‘Gentleman Jack’ whisky.”

After the woman laid on the couch because she didn’t feel well, “Holland began asking her to show off, and while she was inebriated, removed the panties she was wearing from under dress,” court documents said. The woman told Holland to stop and sat up on the couch when he began grabbing under her dress.

Holland led the woman “to his bedroom while she was stumbling,” removed her dress and pushed her on the bed, court documents said. The woman told police she “chomped her teeth at Holland as a deterrence and bit Holland on his stomach area.”

The woman told police Holland threw a wrapped condom on her chest and “it was from this point on that she knew Holland was going to rape her,” court documents said. She told police she threw the condom back at Holland and told him twice “she did not want to do this,” to which Holland responded he was “pro-condom.”

Holland placed one hand on her throat while attacking her, court documents said. The woman again asked Holland to stop during the attack, which ended when Holland got up, said he was “sorry to disappoint” and told her he was done.

The woman told police Holland “had a concerned look on his face and asked her where she was going” when she told him she needed to leave, court documents said. Holland put the woman’s underwear in her purse as she left and “told her not to forget them.”

The woman told police she scratched Holland at one point during the attack “on his upper chest and shoulder area in an attempt to get Holland’s DNA under her fingernails,” court documents said. She also described to police the layout of the apartment, a gray blanket on the couch, Florida State University coasters on the coffee table and a whisky glass that had her lipstick marks on it.”

Here’s five additional facts on John “Jack” Holland from the Heavy.

On the flip side, and just in case the rape victim doesn’t want to bump into the rape victim shaming, Melanie Caldwwell White; below are some additional facts on Melanie, (who makes a lot of sex references), freely presented from her Facebook Page, prior to going off to work slinging pizza and pasta at Maxie’s Pizza and Pasta.

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I called the KMVT.  Officials confirmed they are standing behind Holland.  They would not comment as to specifics.  Like, whether Holland is on paid leave.  Or, whether Holland’s doing off-air, tasks.  I did ask they have the decency to at least remove Melanie’s full scale attack.  Personnel said “We’ll look into it.”

But what about the victim?  At present, would suggest all rape victims might want to detour around Maxie’s until Melanie finishes a course in sensitivity, educational training.

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Sorry Ed.  Am sure you make really good food.  But with Melanie around – frankly; who could stomach it?

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Memphis attorney Shari Myers, asks Judge incarcerate parents for non-payment of fees

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Shari “pay up or go to jail” Myers

Memphis attorney and Guardian Ad Litem, Shari Myers, made news recently.   The Court-appointed Guardian Ad Litem asked Judge Donna Fields, who originally appointed Myers, to a incarcerate one of the parents responsible for her fee, for non-payment.

It wasn’t an one time request. 

Myers repeatedly made her request for incarceration.

Eventually, Judge Fields obliged and Myers, a wannabe fashionista, watched as Angela Gilmore was shackled and trotted off to the hoosegow, by order of Judge Fields. 

Shari Myers is also a member of “Super Lawyers.”

Which causes us to rethink, everything.

Yes, Angela Gilmore, who couldn’t afford to pay Myers was jailed for five days at Myers insistence, courtesy of Judge Fields.  Who is re-creating Debtors Jails.

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Judge Fields recreates “Debtors Jails”

Myers other business

Additionally – and creepily; Shari Myers is also the proud owner of the Supervised Visitation agency, A Family Connection.  

Myers claims it’s low cost.

However, having caught Myers penchant for financial vengeance – it begs the question;

if parents are unable to pay Myers to visit with their kids, wouldn’t Myers supervised visitation business be capable holding the parent-child relationship, hostage, with a vengeance, also?  

Conflicts of Interest

As it benefits A Family Connection Supervised Visitation agency to remain in business; how likely is it that Supervised Visitation Monitors from Myers’ agency, would report to the court their services are no longer needed?

See Shari Myers interview below.  Shari has put on some pounds since the picture at the top, so at first, we didn’t recognize her. But, knowing what we know now, Shari Myers seems very happy to earn money off the backs of those least able to afford it, from the custody industry, in several different ways.  

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California Attorney Peter Bertling’s – “Sorry, not sorry.”

Peter Bertling: Not really all that sorry.

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Sexist attorney offered a “she made me do it” defense.

Exhibit A in the area of meritless apologies.

A follow up to yesterday’s,  “Don’t Discuss:  Act!”  – comes the fabulous instance of routine sexism involving Bay Area civil rights attorney, Lori Rifkin.

Rifkin didn’t discuss anything with Peter Bertling, the sexist attorney who was abusing the discovery process.  Having zero interest in wasting more time, Rifkin filed a motion for sanctions against attorney Peter Bertling of Bertling & Clausen and off to court they went.  

Rifkin was awarded sanctions, and more.  Bertling’s apology that followed?

Meh. 

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Bertling & Clausen – Sanctioned for Sexist comments to attorney Lori Rifkin

Professional tip:  Whenever an apology includes the word “if” — it’s not an apology.

While it’s no secret anyone using the word “if” during an apology is not apologizing:  What is revealed whenever “if” is used, is that individual’s desire to passive-aggressively telegraph their penchant to let everyone know how they really feel.

Those feelings include;

  • The individual apologizing believes themselves to be too clever by half;
  • The individual doesn’t care what anyone thinks. (More common),
  • Or, both.
  • In cases of sexism, the smart money is on “both.”

How to be a jerk during discovery – “Don’t raise your voice at me. It’s not becoming of a woman or an attorney.”

No-nonsense civil rights attorney, Lori Rifkin

Apparently medical malpractice attorney Peter Bertling, really likes to mess around with the discover process.  Perhaps more so when women are involved.

But Peter Bertling picked the wrong women to attempt to bully, in the case of  stellar civil rights attorney Lori Rifkin –  who had no trouble responding to Bertling’s conduct.  

Judge Paul Grewal likewise had no trouble at all, bringing Bertling to heel.

In reality, some attorneys enjoy messing around with discovery (the guts of all cases) process.

However Judge Grewal addressed Bertling’s, delay…deny…hide…hand over a non-functioning disc, conduct up front, as Bertling’s behavior crossed all  professional boundaries. Then kept going.  

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Paul Grewal, San Jose Federal Magistrate Judge.
photo by Jason Doiy

Rifkin’s motion and Judge Grewal’s response attracted news in legal publication in “Above the Law” as well as the San Francisco Recorder, here.

While discovery abuse is, to a degree, common; it’s just not generally common past all common sense.  Why?  Perhaps because Bertling couldn’t stop himself.  Judge Grewal wrote Bertling,  “repeatedly and unapologetically flout[ed] guideline after guideline” 

What was Bertling’s response

Peter Bertling’s responsive declaration blamed Rifkin for “creating a hostile environment.” Or, put another way:

You can’t make this stuff up!

Bertling also mewled a, “I thought you already had it”  (the information.)  

Judge Grewal was having none of it.  He wrote,

“A sexist remark is not just a professional discourtesy, although that in itself is regrettable and all too common. The bigger issue is that comments like Bertling’s reflect and reinforce the male-dominated attitude of our profession.”

Because Peter Bertling handed over important documents the day after the deadline of an important brief, Judge Grewal also ordered Berling make his client available for future depositions, for which Bertling was likewise ordered to pay.  

Below is part of Judge Grewal’s decision:

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Back to the now.  When it comes to corporate sexism, end discussions.  Act.  

Act to get the conversation out of the company and into another venue.  

Don’t expect men to change on their own.  As Peter Bertling repeatedly demonstrated, change is an area of no interest to them.

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I enjoy belly dancers who speak with their eyes.

 

 

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For all women in technology or film, who are waiting for CEOs to step up for female equality.

AllMenWhoWorkForMeCanTypeKara Swisher hosted a podcast about gender bias in Silicon Valley.

I like Kara.  We’ve spoken a couple of times. I send her emails. (She receives thousands.) Ever polite, while Kara doesn’t respond to them, when we speak (infrequently) Kara politely encourages me to continue emailing her.

This is only disheartening because women want to talk about income disparity….when I discovered (okay; stumbled over) the sexy, high-tech solution to aid them in saving  their own life after a relationship goes south; and women wind up as victims of assault, up to and including attempted murder.

(Reporters prefer referring to relationship assaults by the completely tame, “domestic violence.”)

Because Kara’s smart and all about snazzy high-tech, my thought was she would be interested.  Kara, in fact, may very well be interested – but so many emails to get to, first.

However, it turns out those demonstrating an interest in protecting the rights of women — to perhaps live long enough to demand equal pay; includes very few women.  Ironically, this makes women, the problem.

It’s also the secret to men remaining in power.

Women acting instead of talking, is rare.  Men depend on this.

Men depend on the willingness of women to gather, brainstorm, hold conferences, work on showing data attractively, etc.   Men depend on this because it keeps men in unfettered power.  As plans go, it’s been a huge success.  Why change?

Ironically, the basic safety of women, (check our murder rate) is ignored.  Including by the U.S. Supreme Court.  Consider this 2005, New York Times headline.

Justices Rule Police Do Not Have a Constitutional Duty to Protect Someone

Translation?  Due to the “discretion” of police, and judges, women continue paying taxes for police and court services which are often, refused.

Money Money Money

Returning to the podcast, no one was surprised to discover what’s true in all America is likewise true in Silicon Valley.  Or Hollywood.  Or academia. Or – the list is endless.

Lack of income equality due to gender bias, including sexual assault, remains a big problem in Silicon Valley.  The women launched; Elephant in Silicon Valley so women could add their stories anonymously.  My premise is anonymity hurts the injured.  Something Bill Cosby’s victims well know is true.

The podcast itself, available here was standard.

The women were cheerful.  The women were excited, well-meaning and very much wanted a continuing dialogue…to build even more statistical data, presumably to take to the men to force them to change.  They spoke of strategizing for seat positioning in a room to force the men to look at them.

It was depressing.  Maybe because my roots were with Bella.  Just like these women.

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Not being invited, I chimed in on Twitter due to being more than slightly exasperated with the problem of:

Women who are Still willing to wait for men in power to do the right thing.

Heads up Ladies:  Men are not interested.

As the below Twitter exchange mentions, those participating in the podcast made me suspect some of these well-meaning women, simply aren’t paying attention.

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In 2016, it makes little sense to me that women are still talking about “dialogue” to get men to change, after Gawker profiled how fast Silicon Valley CEO’s gathered to protect Gurbaksh Chahal after he was charged with 45 felony counts of beating his girlfriend, striking her over 100 times, (caught on camera), first profiled in 2014.

Gurbalsk Chahal’s guilty plea – followed by Chahal calling his ex girlfriend a whore.

[Spoiler Alert:  Chahal got probation.]

Salaries aside, ladies;  heads up:  Nicey nicey is what’s getting women killed.  Consider this:  Some women don’t get to live long enough to demand equal pay.

But returning to income disparity; what say we take a page from the big girls who got things done?

Just like Twitter’s  #CoreChallenge, the podcast mentioned women being asked to do what they considered “less than” administrative functions.  A problem Bella Abzug solved 68 years ago.

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Circa 2016 – Wear a art deco pin that states, “If you’re getting coffee, make mine with sugar”

Were I at the table – my suggestion would have been a return to what works:

Stop Asking:  Act.

Begin with politics.  How, in 2016, with a woman running for President, does California, the most populated state in the nation; not feature equality for Women as part of it’s slate?

Received below email asking what I thought what Californians were interested in.  Amazingly, neither safety for women or salary equality, made the cut.

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So my response was California Democrats were out of their minds by not making the safety of women a platform priority.

How could such a thing happen?

Turns out, just like the women behind Emily’s List, once again, women are a huge part of the problem. Emily’s List is famous for funding so-called “liberal” or “progressive” agendas.  Emily’s List continues to leap-frog over the basic safety of women, in favor of medical decisions.  Cart before horse.  Again.

Agendas that don’t include equal rights for women to live safely, are agendas women need to raise their voices to — by not dipping into their purse. BAM!

So ladies, vote with your feet.  Get noisy.  On the flip side; refuse to fund, volunteer for any candidate who doesn’t make safety and pay equality for women, their priority.

Also, turn up the heat on women in tech (or film) or – fill-in-the-blank; who are not stepping up.  Consider beginning with Katie Jacobs Stanton, who, as a leader at Twitter, protected her Twitter account, after blowing an opportunity to instantly set one man straight, while he was in the act of targeting women.  (as a female Twitter stockholder, my complaint is personal and business.)

Click here for my column featuring Katie Jacobs Stanton’s refusal to address misogyny when she was onstage, during an event where a comedian was live trolling women in the audience.  Katie did nothing.  Ask Katie why her solution was to “protect” her Twitter account.  Ask Katie what she’s done (if anything) since, to end Twitter’s massive problem with women.

2.  I would encourage women to take a page from Bella Abzug’s book and other women who refused to wait.

3.  Closer to home, also suggest women take a gander at Kern County – where the Kern County Board of Supervisors is aware Kern County Police are attacking women then buying their silence.

(Separately, closeted media misogyny….why are newspapers from England, not America, covering the number of police officers who are routinely raping women?)

And last, dear ladies:   Remember the words of Bella.

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To thine own self – be courageous

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Key fact missing from Army Secretary John M. McHugh’s decision to kick WWII WASPS out of Arlington

A key fact was missing from the CBS report featuring former Secretary of the Army’s John M. McHugh’s decision to kick the World War II WASPS out of Arlington, as reported by CBS News.

Missing from the CBS report, was this:

John McHugh has never served one day in the military.

The CBS report highlighted our WASPS, reporting:

Since 1977, federal law has granted the WASPs status as veterans and since 2002, they have been eligible to have their ashes placed at Arlington with military honors.

But in March, then-Secretary of the Army John McHugh ruled our WASPs never should have been allowed in and revoked their eligibility.”

Again.  John McHugh has never served one day in the military.

Kinda think CBS should have mentioned that.

Put another way; the way John M.McHugh “served” was as a lifelong civilian, politician.

But this is 2016, people; we can fix this!  Please sign the petition to over-turn civilian McHugh’s, directive on Change.org, here.

A little background

John M. McHugh’s career since graduating college, was politics.

McHugh has a daughter with his ex-wife, and in 2012, was voted one of the 50th prettiest Congressmen, by The Hill.

However, to address more important matters, perhaps this space could serve to educate in the form of an open letter to John McHugh.  Unsure as I am whether Mr. McHugh has ever met a WASP, will try to provide some insight.

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Dear Mr. McHugh;

Please allow me to introduce my friend, and former WASP, Margot DeMoss.

Margot is a neighbor of my Dad, also a WWII pilot.

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Margot’s love of flight began as an eight-year old  accompanying her dad took to the county fair.  A local pilot had his airplane parked outside with a sign offering rides for a dollar.

Margot’s dad paid the man, she hopped aboard and  just like that, Margot’s destiny was in place moments after take-off.

(Margot still loves everything about flying.)

Later, when Margot’s brother went off to war in WWII, Margot, as well as many other women,  were desperate to serve.

In an interview with the Riverside Press, Margot, then 22; said her main thought was,

“There’s got to be a way I can help us win.”

(Interestingly, Mr. McHugh, I noticed you graduated from high school in 1966, during the Vietnam War, and then it was off to college for you.)

But; I digress.

Margot’s first thought was to enlist as ambulance driver after her brother was wounded.  However, and always in touch with other girl pilots, Margot got a call saying women pilots were needed for training.

That was all it took for Massachusetts native Margot, to jump on a train bound for Sweetwater, Texas.  She was determined to finish seven months of hard training, to become a licensed, military pilot.

A. Licensed. Military. Pilot.

A. Licensed. Military. Pilot. Mr. McHugh.

Over 25,00 women applied, Mr. McHugh.  But of the over a thousand plus women accepted, just 1,034 actually earned their wings.  Margot was one of them.  Click here for the extensive list of types of aircraft these women routinely, flew. Your jaw might drop.

Also, 38 women died in crashes, Mr. McHugh.

Margot told me there was no time to mourn those women.  They were too busy working.  Since the women offered no military benefits, the under-paid women just passed the hat to get a woman’s body home to her family.

Margo, flew the AT-6 a single-engine advanced trainer, and towed targets so the pilots could practice with live ammunition, Mr. McHugh.  Yes; you read that right.  Live rounds.

Margot also told me of the time she avoided a crash.

After transporting an injured pilot to a local hospital, (he passed out when he saw she was the pilot) Margot’s engine caught fire on the way back.  Fortunately, Margot was flying at her normal, higher-than-most, altitude when the engine fire began, but the good folks in the tower were nervous.  When the guys in the tower instructed her to bail, Margot sweetly but determinedly answered,

“No, I’m not going to do it.  I can see the tower.  I’ll just glide in until I make it to the runway.”

(At the time Margot weighed maybe 90 pounds, dripping wet.)

The ambulances and fire engines were waiting on the runway when Margot landed.  She didn’t have a scratch.  Plane was a little scorched.  Never-the-less, everyone told Margot to hit the Officer’s Club for a Bloody Mary.

I think she probably did.

But I mention this, Mr. McHugh, as Margot and the other women racked up an impressive list of accomplishments during their military service.

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Margot DeMoss – WWII WASP – Flew many kinds of planes

Margot worked very hard, until December 1944, Mr. McHugh.  That’s when our WASPS were suddenly dropped like hot potatoes.  Without so much as a plane ticket or train-ticket home.

Not that getting home was a real problem.  What is true now, was true then.  Margot has a sincere kind of effortless charm.  Which means all kinds of people are constantly clamoring to do favors for her.  She can’t help It.  Margot is and remains one of the sweetest individuals I’ve ever met. She got home because she knew a lot of guy pilots and had no shortage of offers of short hops until she could get to a homeward bound, train.

I must say though, my favorite picture of Margot isn’t in uniform.  It’s from a couple of years ago, where once again, Margot was accidentally charming a ABC cameraman in preparation of an interview, below.  (Margot was also featured on NBC Worldwide News on January 1, 2014.)

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Margot effortlessly charms yet another cameraman

Sweet Margot has no bitterness about the treatment of our WASPS.  She continued to fly around the world with her second husband, and after his death, met and a married the handsome Navy commander, Chuck DeMoss.

As for the jettisoning of the WASP program, Margot simply said,

“They came and told us good-bye. They said the men were coming back and wanted the jobs.”

But in all, Mr. McHugh, from September 1942, to December, 1944; our WASPS flew 78 kinds of planes, and logged more than 60 million miles while delivering 12,650 aircraft.

That’s a lot of patriotic, service Mr. McHugh.

So it would seem your decision as a civilian commander, Mr. McHugh, to strip these women of their hard-won, rights; cannot be limited to shocking.

In my opinion Mr. McHugh, it was shockingly Un-American.

Never mind completely disrespectful to them as human beings.

Especially since for some reason, the original records of our WASPS were sealed for 35 years. Not until General Hap Arnold and Barry Goldwater fought for our WASPS in their infamous, “Battle of Congress” were WASPS were recognized as veterans of World War II.

President Jimmy Carter signed legislation #95–202, Section 401, The G.I. Bill Improvement Act of 1977, granting our WASP corps full military status for their service.

Yet, in your decision to override President Carter,  CBS did not Army lawyers agreed with you.  Which says a lot about Army lawyers — just not anything good.

Then in 1984, each WASP was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, a little over four decades after their service.  The hand holding the medal below belongs to Margot.

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Margot DeMoss, and her WASP earned, Congressional Medal

My hope is your replacement agrees with my friend, and Senior Federal Aviation Medical Examiner, Oklahoma State Representative, Dr. Mike Ritze.

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Dr. Mike Ritz, FAA Examiner, and legislator

Dr. Mike Ritze, said of your action:

“I respectfully disagree with McHugh.  As a pilot and military veteran, myself, I have known many female pilots who; just as the WASPS did, served their country well.  They should be allowed to be buried alongside the rest of our heroes.”

One last thing, Mr. McHugh, to anyone with your mindset.

When women teach men how to fly a specific aircraft some worried were dangerous; the lessons stay. Don’t take my word for it. See 1995 letter from a male pilot, thanking a former WASP for teaching him how to fly a B-29

I’m not sure the situation will be remedied, Mr. McHugh.  There are too many men in command who think like you.  Note the Army’s most recent, self-inflicted, black eye, as reported in the Stars and Stripes on December 19, 2014, regarding yet another bizarre sexual assault.  This one by Army, Deputy Commander, Lt. Col Michael J. Kepner II, who was the speaker at a luncheon pot luck held by the 188th Infantry Brigade to mark the end of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April.

When Kepner spoke he reminded the soldiers they were all “responsible for bringing an end to sexual assault and harassment,” according to the brigade’s Facebook account.

What Lt. Col. Michael Kepner II, didn’t say – was he was currently facing court-martial on charges that he had sexually harassed and assaulted a female lieutenant on his staff.

With this latest report, and your previous actions, does the ARMY really need to continue punching itself in the eye?

Happy New Year, Mr. McHugh; and if I might make one suggestion, it would be this.

In the spirit of fairness, why don’t you sign the petition to restore the rights our WASPS earned, that you jettisoned?

Click here, to do so.  I promise you’ll feel better, Mr. McHugh, and I suspect your daughter might appreciate your doing so, also.

If you have any questions, you can reach me at the number below.

Most sincerely,

Bonnie Russell

858-324-1717

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Your medical records aren’t private, and sorry; you have little recourse