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Main / It started by him hitting back ...
Jan 30, 2015, 09:18 PM
IMPD officer arrested on domestic battery charge enters 'not guilty' plea

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Burger's wife told the officer they'd been arguing all day. The arguing escalated when Burger allegedly began videotaping his wife during an argument. She threw a plastic Vaseline jar at him, hitting him in the stomach from about ten feet away. After that, Burger's wife told police that Burger physically attacked her, dropping his cell phone, charging at her and punching her in the face. She said the blow knocked her to the floor, after which Burger allegedly pinned her arms down with his knees. She says she fought back, but then says Burger pushed and pressed her face into the rug as she tried to get him off of her.
There's not much love in me towards the police, but this is pretty typical: she assaulted him first. His mistake was responding in kind -- he should have arrested her for domestic battery. Of course his cop buddies would have laughed at him -- but they weren't laughing when arrested him.
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Main / Hamm vs. Hamm
Nov 13, 2014, 06:27 PM
Something must have happened to Galt: last time he was here was three months ago, and he failed to comment on the latest large bore divorce.
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Rose DiManno (of whom I never heard before) wrote an essay on apropos of the Jian Ghomeshi 'story'. An excerpt:

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Sexual assault victims don't have the luxury of averting the ordeal. Without their testimony there is no case.

Those brave enough to make a police complaint, knowing they must submit to invasive investigation yet still courageous enough to testify, are routinely shredded, attacked on credibility, depicted as promiscuous or morning-after regretful.

Cross-examination is by definition confrontational. This is justified as getting at the truth but it's really about blurring the truth. It's about poking holes of doubt and then stretching them so that the entire case is rendered misshapen. He said. She said. But what he says -- or doesn't say, if the accused stays off the stand -- is held to a higher standard of reliability. What she says is vehemently dismantled.


I wonder if she thinks that only the cross-examination of female complaining witnesses is "really about blurring the truth" and when a woman is the accused, then cross-examination of the complaining witness (man or woman) is an entirely appropriate method of getting at the truth.
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Main / An abused man
Oct 25, 2014, 08:05 AM
So there's this story on a Hungarian news site. The (sub)site is a bit on the tabloid side, but the story is believable:

A 56 years old man denounced his 44 years old wife to the police that he was kept for years as "a sex slave". Apparently the wife had a lover, too, but would demand loudly and insistently that her husband provide her with sexual satisfaction as well. The wife denies all of this, but the couple's children and the neighbors made statements supporting the husband's account.

In 2011, the wife's sister moved into the apartment with her 29 years old female lover. Once the three women were partying, and the husband asked them to tone it down: the 29 years old stabbed him in the back.

When the husband was asked why is it only now that he's made a report to the police, he said that he was waiting for their smaller daughter to become 12 years old: he was aware that under that age, the child is very likely to be placed with the mother in case of divorce, while over that age the court takes into consideration the child's wishes regarding which parent would she prefer to live with.

Apparently the wife threatened him with stabbing him in his sleep if he wouldn't satisfy her sexually, and threatened to burn down the place if he filed for divorce.

(The case is being handled by the capital city's police's Child and Youth Protection Division.)
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How an Office Romance Went Off the Rails and Brought Down the NCPA's John Goodman

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So it came as a surprise, to put it mildly, when the think tank announced in June that its board of directors had dismissed the 68-year-old Goodman as president and CEO. Goodman told the Dallas Morning News the charges weren't true, insisting that his ouster was the result of "trivial stuff." Reached by phone, one board member agreed that Goodman's dismissal was a "shocker," but declined to comment further. Very quickly, an iron curtain of institutional silence fell over l'affaire Goodman. The NCPA appointed an interim CEO, corporate-governance expert and talk-show host Dennis McCuistion, who said that business at the 501(c)(3) nonprofit would continue as usual while a permanent replacement for Goodman was sought.

What really led to the upheaval at the venerable conservative organization, though? According to documents, emails, and interviews with multiple sources familiar with the situation, Goodman's firing stemmed from an extraordinary arrangement that was made with an NCPA employee named Sherri Collins, after Collins accused Goodman of assaulting her in a Southern California hotel room in 2012, D CEO has learned. To avoid threatened litigation for violating "both state and federal discrimination laws" over a period of many months, Goodman agreed to promote Collins from an assistant's position to be the NCPA's director of human relations, at a yearly salary of $85,000, plus a guaranteed annual bonus and other  benefits, for at least three years, sources say. Collins had done "aspects of HR work" at previous jobs, NCPA spokeswoman Catherine Daniell says.

When another employee came forward this spring to protest her treatment by the HR director, as well as the "relationship" between Goodman and Collins, sources say the relationship became the focus of scrutiny by the group's board members. For many if not most, this was the first they'd heard about it. At least one of the directors, John Strauss, raised questions about Collins's professionalism and the California incident, asked that his six-figure contribution to the NCPA be returned, and resigned his position on the board. Eventually the HR director left the organization.

In early June, Collins, then 47, was arrested at a house in Frisco for assault and criminal mischief. According to Frisco police, Collins had assaulted a "boyfriend" (not Goodman) by trying to hit him with a fake plant and throwing things across the living room at him. It wasn't Collins' first brush with the law. Texas Department of Public Safety records show she had been arrested four times in North Texas between 1997 and 2009, on charges ranging from assault and theft to criminal mischief.

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According to the group's latest Form 990, filed for the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2012, the NCPA had $4.13 million in revenue and expenses of $4.92 million, while Goodman's total compensation was $587,337 (see accompanying chart).

Goodman and the NCPA, which has a full-time staff of 22 plus a number of interns and part-time workers, hired Collins in 2011 as a "temp secretary," a former employee says, through the Recruit Texas employment agency. No background check was done on Collins. "John liked her," says the ex-employee. "He would rub her leg. She would smile. It seemed like two people in a relationship."

Then came the alleged altercation in Southern California. There, the source says Collins later told her and other NCPA employees, the "hotel room was torn up" after Goodman became jealous and upset with Collins and "apparently choked her." Afterward Collins phoned an NCPA official in Dallas about the incident, crying, and later threatened to file assault charges against Goodman, the source says.

"Settlement and release" and employment agreements resulting from the alleged incident gave Collins new status and freedom at the NCPA, the source says. Stipulations of the November 2012 agreements said that, unless the parties mutually agreed, Goodman would refrain from having any contact with Collins that wasn't related to the duties of her job--and that he would not act or speak in any way that could be construed as discrimination or sexual harassment. As the months went by, the source says, Collins "started to display a different personality around the office." According to the source, the HR director became increasingly "hostile, combative, and disrespectful" toward the source and other NCPA employees.  That caused the source to complain in an email to Goodman, Collins, and the think tank's chief operating officer, Richard Walker, that the NCPA had become "a hostile work environment because of the ... harassment relationship that is taking place" between Goodman and Collins.

Not long afterward, the source says, she was fired. In March, she filed a complaint with the Dallas district office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The source added that Collins also had been let go following a "meltdown" in the office and was threatening legal action against Goodman and the NCPA, aiming to be paid for three full years of work, as stipulated in her employment agreement. In a document prepared by lawyers to rebut Collins' claims, the HR director was portrayed as the aggressor in the relationship with Goodman. The report also said Goodman believed Collins was suffering from a "multiple personality disorder."

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So a woman with some criminal background (at least multiple arrests) gets hired as an office temp, plays herself into the foolish CEO's undies, manages to get (allegedly) "choked" by him, then uses this (alleged) event to blackmail the CEO into giving him an executive position with a big raise and an aptly named sweetheart deal, turns into an office dragon, manages to ruin the position she played herself into ...
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Main / Gender inequality
Jul 07, 2014, 09:25 PM
Pennsylvania mother dies in jail while being punished for kids missing school

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Under Pennsylvania law, a parent can be jailed 5 days for every truancy.  More than 1,600 parents have been jailed in Berks County alone -- two-thirds of them mothers -- because of unpaid truancy fines since 2000, the Reading Eagle reported.


Interesting. In 2/3rd of the cases, no male could be found to take the rap?
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Brown University Student Speaks Out on What It's Like to Be Accused of Rape

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The Kopins say they remain strongly supportive of the goal of a more effective response to sexual assault. Yet Liz Kopin, who says that talking to her son about Sclove's charges was "the most painful conversation I could ever imagine," also acknowledges that the experience has changed the way she views sexual assault allegations. "To have someone misconstrue a situation, perhaps because of a prior assault or abuse, and then make an accusation in such a process where she can destroy a young man's life--stunning," she says. "I never, ever would have expected this."


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The primary dogma of "a more effective response to sexual assault" is that "women never lie about rape". When Mom said Sclove "misconstrued the situation", she violated that dogma. As Irving Kristol said: "conservatives are liberals who got mugged by reality".
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Main / Surprise, surprise
Jun 10, 2014, 04:36 PM
Florida sex-offender who had relations with 16-year-old granted refugee status in Canada

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In federal court documents, the board notes that there was no evidence that the sex was not consensual. The physical relationship was only illegal because of the age difference, the documents state.

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George Soros Got Beat Up By His Ex-Girlfriend During a Deposition

Eighty-three-year-old billionaire George Soros had to literally hide behind his lawyers after his soap opera actress ex-girlfriend started hitting him during a deposition today, knocking his hearing device off his head in the process.

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I thought a billionaire ex-boyfriend has an insurmountable power differential advantage over a woman. Apparently not if she's feisty enough.
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Amanda Knox Verdict: Knox Says She 'Feels Guilty' About Accusing Bar Owner Patrick Lumumba of Murdering Kercher

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Knox said the false accusation was a result of threats from the police and the strain caused by police interrogations.

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Although I have no doubt that (some) cops are willing to play dirty in interrogations, trying to put the blame on them for a false accusation is a pretty pathetic excuse.
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Marissa DeVault trial update: Trial begins for woman accused of killing husband with hammer


PHOENIX - An Arizona woman went on trial Thursday on charges that she bludgeoned her husband to death with a hammer in what prosecutors said was an attempt to obtain an insurance settlement to pay a nearly $300,000 loan from her boyfriend.

Prosecutor Michelle Arino said 36-year-old Marissa Suzanne DeVault needed quick money to get out of her deep financial hole. "The defendant likes money, and she likes easy money," Arino said during opening statements.

But one of DeVault's attorneys raised questions about the credibility of his client's boyfriend, who was given an immunity agreement on child pornography allegations in exchange for his testimony.

Authorities say DeVault fatally wounded Dale Harrell by bludgeoning him over the head with a hammer as he slept in their suburban Phoenix home in January 2009. Harrell, 34, suffered multiple skull fractures and died at a hospice nearly a month after the attack of complications from his head injuries.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against DeVault.

DeVault claims she killed her husband in self-defense and told investigators that he had physically and sexually abused her in the past. But prosecutors contend that the attack on Harrell was premeditated and say DeVault has given conflicting accounts of her husband's death. They also say the people DeVault alleged were witnesses to the abuse didn't back up her claims.

Alan Tavassoli, one of DeVault's attorneys, said prosecutors are giving a pass to his client's boyfriend, businessman Allen Flores, even after he failed to report to police that DeVault had allegedly claimed three days before the hammer attack that her husband had been killed in a tire-iron beating. "He (Flores) is free and clear for this trial," Tavassoli said.

At first, DeVault told investigators that Harrell had attacked her while she was asleep and choked her until she was unconscious. She told police that when she came to, she saw another man who lived at their Gilbert home beating Harrell with a hammer.

But authorities say bloodstain patterns showed Harrell was alone in the bed at the time of the attack and that bloodstains on DeVault's clothes were consistent with a person swinging an object repeatedly over her head.

Investigators say DeVault later confessed, saying she attacked her sleeping husband in a rage after he had sexually assaulted her.

Police say they discovered DeVault had been dating another man, Flores, for more than two years. In a search of Flores' computer, police say they found a journal that appeared to be written from his perspective and indicated that he had given DeVault about $7,000 which she used to hire a hit man, according to court records.

The prosecution says DeVault needed to repay a $294,000 loan from her boyfriend.

Authorities say child pornography also was found on Flores' computer. County prosecutors granted Flores immunity on that allegation in exchange for his testimony in the murder case. Without such an agreement, Flores was expected to invoke his right against self-incrimination.

Prosecutors say the immunity agreement doesn't prevent authorities from filing pornography charges against Flores. Instead, they say the agreement bars authorities from using any statement that Flores makes during the murder trial in a pornography case.

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I love changing stories of killings.
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Main / Haruko Obokata
Feb 02, 2014, 08:21 PM
A woman of some accomplishments.
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Main / Feminism’s Toxic Twitter Wars
Jan 29, 2014, 10:46 PM
Feminism's Toxic Twitter Wars

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But the expectation that feminists should always be ready to berate themselves for even the most minor transgressions--like being too friendly at a party--creates an environment of perpetual psychodrama, particularly when coupled with the refusal to ever question the expression of an oppressed person's anger.

"I actually think there's a subset of black women who really do get off on white women being prostrate," Cooper says. "It's about feeling disempowered and always feeling at the mercy of white authority, and wanting to feel like for once the things you're saying are being given credibility and authority. And to have white folks do that is powerful, particularly in a world where white women often deploy power against black women in ways that are really problematic."

Preening displays of white feminist abjection, however, are not the same as respect. "What's disgusting and disturbing to me is that I see some of the more intellectually dishonest arguments put forth by women of color being legitimized and performed by white feminists, who seem to be in some sort of competition to exhibit how intersectional they are," says Jezebel founder Holmes, who is black. "There are these Olympian attempts on the part of white feminists to underscore and display their ally-ship in a way that feels gross and dishonest and, yes, patronizing."

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Reporter charged for death threats against hockey boyfriend

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Last week, the documents say,  Playfair told MacLauglin over the phone he had cheated on her with another girl, while in Spokane.

McLaughlin then allegedly began to verbally threaten Playfair.

"She advised him that by tomorrow night he would be dead," the documents say and that "when she sees him it would be the last game of hockey he plays. Mr Playfair advised that the defendant had made threats in the past to hurt him and herself when they had previous arguments."

The next day Playfair contacted police after receiving a number of further messages from MacLaughlin indicating she had driven to Washington state and was now in his neighbourhood.

Police officers found her at a Super 8 motel.  McLaughlin denied threatening to kill Playfair and was told to stay away from him, but the following morning the hockey player called police again, saying he'd received two dozen more messages. That's when police arrested her.

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On social media McLaughlin's twitter friends are defending her, saying the whole story hasn't been heard.

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Now she's crying.

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Remains of US soldier lost in Korean War come home


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Sixty-three years after Army Sgt. 1st Class Joseph E. Gantt went missing in action during the Korean War, his remains were returned to his 94-year-old widow in a solemn ceremony at Los Angeles International Airport before dawn Friday.

Clara Gantt wept as she stood in the cold before the flag-draped casket that was carried from a jetliner by military honor guard.

"He told me if anything happened to him he wanted me to remarry. I told him no, no. Here I am, still his wife," she told reporters.

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"Sixty-some odd years and just receiving his remains, coming home, was a blessing and I am so happy that I was living to accept him," Clara Gantt said.

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A woman who deserved the title 'wife'.
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Main / Peter O'Toole, RIP
Dec 15, 2013, 04:04 PM
They all talk about "Lawrence of Arabia", but for me he was the best in "Murphy's War".