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Main / Re: Andrea Peyser Takes On Emma Watson
Oct 23, 2014, 12:38 AM
Being a feminist in a 1st world country is about never having to be sorry for your double standards.
How an Office Romance Went Off the Rails and Brought Down the NCPA's John Goodman


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.


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."



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 ...
Main / Re: Barber Shop Victimitis
Aug 31, 2014, 07:11 PM
There's a barbershop in town run by an ancient Greek guy who has some young East-European employees.

I think no self-respecting dyke or hetero woman would set foot there: they give $13 haircuts, and that is just too cheap for a woman.
She pleaded guilty only to a Class A misdemeanor, and that's not enough for removal from office. One would think that the 45 days jail sentence indicates a severe case of DWI (she had a BAC of 0.23 which means pretty drunk even for a large woman like her), but apparently that doesn't matter.

Edited to add: there was a civil removal trial of her in December. The out-of-county judge (imported from San Antonio for the occasion) decided for her, i.e. that she's able to continue as a Travis County DA (apparently the most powerful DA in the whole state of Texas). After that, Perry's efforts to bounce her out of her job indeed looks like raw politicking.
What an eye opener.

Indeed; excellent find.
Main / Re: Effeminate men in underwear adds
Aug 30, 2014, 08:21 PM
Maybe Taiwanese women get the hots for Caucasian-looking males who bite their nails in (red!) underwear.
I bought a Nike T-shirt with the logo "Burn Your Television" on it two decades ago. I might have been victimized by Madison Avenue in that instant, but I don't possess a TV since then: so the advertisers' loss -- and my gain -- was much bigger than the amount I paid for the T-shirt.
To be fair, some of Wykoff's Nike+ drawings are not dicks [...] but most of them are. Dicks of all sizes. Fat dicks, skinny dicks. Dicks who climb on rocks.

Envy is the sincerest form of flattery.
Main / Re: Found this little gem... ><
Jul 30, 2014, 08:34 PM
AAUP has come out against the tyranny:

Unfortunately, based on the penultimate paragraph of the letter, the AAUP's interest is limited to faculty members who could face dismissal under the preponderance-of-evidence standard for sexual harassment. It has nothing to say about students; and the overwhelming majority of cases featured on the site involve male students accused of and 'adjudicated' for sexual assault based on the preponderance-of-evidence standard by a process lacking the most basic due process protections for the accused student.
This would breach the Armed Forces' Code of Social Conduct, which prohibits personnel from having relationships with subordinates if they compromise 'operational effectiveness'.

She can always claim that the maintenance provided to her by the male officer actually improved her 'operational effectiveness'.
Main / Re: --- Double posted
Jul 17, 2014, 03:38 AM
Arrest is bad enough, but in this case the guy was convicted, had to serve the full 5 years sentence as he wouldn't admit to the rape "in therapy", took years for him to be declared innocent of the crime -- the public prosecutor did not do anything to help the case along --, was given a pitiful compensation (25 euro/day) and died of a heart attack at age 53 before the compensation was paid out.
Main / Re: --- Double posted
Jul 17, 2014, 03:06 AM
In this documentary, one of the cases is a false accusation of rape in Germany. Very educational -- and sad -- story. It seems that an inquisitorial criminal system is just as capable of delivering miscarriages of justice as the anglo-saxon adversarial system.
Well, I was wrong; the six kids did not sway the judge. Maybe she invalidated her pussy pass with all that gun talk.
Main / Gender inequality
Jul 07, 2014, 09:25 PM
Pennsylvania mother dies in jail while being punished for kids missing school

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?