In accordance w the Violence Against Women & Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2013 (“VAWA 2013”), officers and/or investigators may not require victims of sexual assault to submit to a polygraph test or other truth-telling devices.
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CHIEFS OF POLICE SEXUAL ASSAULT RESPONSE
POLICY AND TRAINING CONTENT GUIDELINES — The Senate Judiciary Committee is doing everything WRONG.
The unwarranted exertion of control by @ChuckGrassley over a putative sexual assault victim violates every single guideline recommendation of the Intl Assoc of Chiefs of Police.
1/ On Aug. 21, the same day Manafort was convicted, Ukrainian Prosecutor-General Yuriy Lutsenko announced an investigation into several former Ukrainian officials from the Yanukovych administration who allegedly engaged in business dealings with Manafort. kyivpost.com/ukraine-politi…
2/ His contacts included the most influential oligarchs & politicians in the country, including Serhiy Lovochkin, Rinat Akhmetov, Sergey Tigipko, Borys Kolesnikov, Victor Pinchuk & Andriy Klyuyev. Together, they paid Manafort $65.9m for consulting work. rferl.org/a/ukraine-laun…
3/ Lutsenko is also investigating 3 other cases related to Manafort’s work, and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAPO) is investigating cases pertaining to the “black ledger” that detailed off-the-books payments from Yanukovych’s party to Manafort.
@KellyannePolls reminds me of those drama queens in college who insisted on keeping everyone awake all night after drinking to resolve whatever batshit crazy dispute she had with this and that girl in the group. Nothing got resolved and everyone got emotionally drained.
@KellyannePolls reminds me of this self-righteous RA I had in college. She was little-miss-perfect — the judge of all. Let’s call her “RA Kelly.” One day, RA Kelly called a mandatory meeting of all residents on the hall, wherein she demanded to know “who shit in the tub?!”
It’s laughable that @SenateMajLdr accuses Dems of last minute maneuvering when the GOP had general notice of this allegation back in July and did nothing to investigate it.
Admit it, @SenateMajLdr: you’ve known since JULY about this allegation & did NOTHING to investigate. You didn’t request the FBI enhance its background investigation. You instead gathered BLIND signatures from female high school associates of Kavanaugh w/o telling them details!
1/ Let’s talk about Nixon’s Articles of Impeachment. The Judiciary Committee, with six Republicans joining the Democratic majority, passed three of the five proposed articles of impeachment: obstruction of justice, abuse of power, contempt of Congress.
2/ ARTICLE 1: OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE. Note the 9th allegation — use of pardon power to interfere with witness testimony. (watergate.info/impeachment/ar…)
On Pence. There is a school of thought which argues he is Manafort’s man. I disagree. I have always disagreed with this assessment. It is ok to disagree about this point. Pence is an NRA/Koch man, installed by the Devos/Mercer/Bannon faction.
I realize there are articles out there which say Pence was Manafort’s pick and the plane delay, yadda yadda yadda ... I must respectfully disagree. That said, Manafort consented. Pence lied about Flynn. They are all co-conspirators, in my book.
I would also argue that Pence’s ties to Russia and the Kremlin run deeper than Trump’s.
2/ Manafort agrees not to appeal his EDVA matters. Each count to which he is pleading guilty carries a maximum term of 5 years (some of these counts “group” under the federal sentencing guidelines).
3/ Manafort is factually stipulating as TRUE the facts alleged in the EDVA remaining charges and the Statement of the Offense to this plea (will review later in this thread). The Gov’t agrees to dismiss FBAR, FARA, money laundering and other charges in consideration.
I have a story which may place the whole Kavanaugh - Eureka Club into some context. It is about “swinging” conservative Catholics. A few years ago, my husband and I moved our family into a very nice neighborhood. It was on the water — a boating community.
Many of our neighbors belonged to our parish. Many were conservative Catholics. All were Republicans. Anyway, a few weeks after we moved into the neighborhood, I began seeing plastic pink flamingos in people’s yards. I was a runner at the time. I noticed these things.
What was odd is that the flamingos were never out except in the evening, always after dark. There was one cul de sac in particular which was filled with flamingos each night. Every house on the cul de sac belonged to our parish.
2/ I wrote my biography and I wrote down my memories, because Sarah K. cautioned that if I did not do it then, I may forget. I wrote a list of things I would never do, because Sarah K. warned that it was possible that in the ensuing year, I would do them.
3/ I wrote a list of things I would never believe, because Sarah K. suggested it was possible that in the following year, I would either believe them or be forced to say I believed them.
In deep-dive researching genocidal cultures, one theme has emerged: the reference to “bipolar cultural identity.” Gregory Stanton published a paper entitled The Eight Stages of Genocide and presented it to the US State Dept & the UN. He outlined ways we identify true "genocide."
Classification occurs when people separate themselves into "us/them" groups. All societies have categories to distinguish b/t groups of people w different common denominators (skin color, ethnicity, race, religion, nationality). (genocidewatch.org/aboutgenocide/…)
Countries considered "bipolar" are those in which there are no mixed categories (such as Burundi and Rwanda) and are considered the most likely to have genocides. To be clear: the agenda of Trump and the white nationalists is to make the US and Europe “culturally bipolar.”
While I don’t believe there are/ever have been sealed indictments against Trump, it’s not unreasonable to believe there are sealed indictments against others obtained by Mueller. It is just not something we should dwell upon unless they in fact exist, if/until they are unsealed.
Grand juries may return sealed indictments to protect the identities of witnesses or to allow for time so the authorities can complete the scope of an investigation of others complicit in related crimes. FRCrP Rule 6(e)(4). Indictments may be sealed for months, even years.
If Mueller obtained sealed indictments last year before Christmas, there is a good reason they are still sealed. Following his pattern of unsealed indictments seems to imply that unsealing occurs shortly after the grand jury issues the indictments. It is best to wait and see.
Dear Dana: From one Catholic to another — “Christians in political life are morally obliged to reject racism personally & to prophetically oppose any advance of racism & racist policies by others & to answer every instance of racism w remedies of social justice.” USCCB. @DLoesch
"Racism is a sin that blots out the image of God among specific members of that family ..."
USCCB, Brothers and Sisters to Us, 1979
“The sinful infamy that is racism must always be opposed and can never be tolerated. The sin of racism corrupts the individual soul. Racist ideologies corrupt and deform the divinely appointed purpose of political life.” USCCB
It’s important to define & describe dehumanization, because it's what opens the door for cruelty & genocide. Look around you. If you see others dehumanizing, mob mauling & gaslighting, you are looking into the window of tomorrow’s genocide. npr.org/2011/03/29/134…
Virtually all researchers agree that dehumanization is intimately bound up with mass violence and human rights abuses. Most hold that this is explained by the fact that dehumanization causes people to become morally disengaged from those whom they abuse. eugenicsarchive.ca/database/docum…
For example, in Nazi Germany, it was common for the disabled to be called “thieves” and “criminals” to be accused of stealing. Here is a Nazi Germany poster saying disabled persons take money away from the people.
We are at war — a different kind of war, never before experienced by our citizens. Naivety and tribalist proclivities are our Achilles Heel. The deep need for group acceptance may cause one to trade Roe v Wade for a group high-five of the day.
The insatiable need to be popular on social media may tempt one to behave in a herd mentality, lumping individuals into “us and them” binary group dynamics. We’ve been studied. They know what they are doing. This is not a drill. We are being psychologically manipulated.
For those American citizens who purport to care about the future of our democracy, if you are spending your days roaming social media with your pack of bullies, attacking other Americans whom you have conveniently labeled and dehumanized: you do not care about our democracy.
For whatever reason, my thoughts have turned to my great-Aunt Betty. After Uncle Jack passed, Aunt Betty went to live in a nursing home. She hated it. When I visited with my grandparents, Aunt Betty was always waiting out by the curb, as if we were going to take her away.
She wore pithy dresses with white “Bobby” socks and saddle shoes. She was ready to go. When it was time to leave our visits, Aunt Betty inevitably followed. She is forever etched in my mind running down the street after the car, after every visit.
Aunt Betty bore a striking resemblance to Katherine Hepburn. Uncle Jack was a decorated WWII hero. He smoked cigars, drank whiskey and frequented the writer’s circuit. He made me want to become a writer.
You are correct. @ ellewoodsruns ignores the active voter suppression of black voters and for her to crassly blame black voters for Trump in this thread is appalling racism. You and others took great effort to point out the VRA issue, which she ignored, to scapegoat black people.
When a racist gets called out, then hurries and creates a new account, while changing her screen name, mid-thread. This is despicable behavior.
She changed her screen name to “ellewoodsgolfs” mid-thread after being called out for racism. She then immediately started a NEW @ ellewoodsruns account, so that if anyone was directed to her racist comments, they would be routed to her new sock account.