Which domestic abusers will go on to commit murder? This one act offers a clue. (Snyder/WaPo)
By Rachel Louise Snyder November 16
In 2012, while stationed at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, Devin Patrick Kelley assaulted his wife and stepson. Kelley was subsequently convicted of domestic violence and released early from the Air Force.
One important detail of the attack: In addition to fracturing the childs skull and hitting and kicking his wife, Kelley strangled her. If the particular severity of his violence had been better understood and recognized in New Mexico, 26 people, including a 17-month-old baby named Noah, might not have been killed in Sutherland Springs, Tex., this month.
Strangulation inhabits a category all its own in domestic violence as a marker of lethality. A kick, a punch, a slap, a bite none of these, though terrible, portend homicide like strangulation does. And while the link between mass shooters and domestic violence is increasingly recognized in the public arena, articles and op-eds, strangulation as a specific sign of lethality in the context of domestic violence remains largely unknown.
The U.S. Sentencing Commission recognized strangulation as a marker of dangerousness in a 2014 report and recommended increased prison time up to 10 years for those convicted of it. Indeed, 45 states now recognize strangulation as a felony. New Mexico, where Kelley was convicted, is not one of them.
Gael Strack, chief executive of the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention in San Diego, says the mere presence of strangulation in a situation of domestic abuse increases the chances of homicide sevenfold. It is a clear trajectory from escalating violence to homicide, of which strangulation is the penultimate act. Statistically, we know that once the hands are on the neck, the very next step is homicide, Strack said. They dont go backwards.
Is there a keyboard of symbols I can pull up?
Stone & Infowars knew before, Putinbots all over it: how to deal with the horrific possibility
Now look at the timestamps on those tweets. Theyre all within nine minutes of each other from 1:12 to 1:21 a.m. Nov. 16.
However it gets even bigger and more evil than that. They cannot lose even if their plot is exposed and the accuser, or, better still, multiple accusers, are discredited.
Why? Because, in far too many peoples minds, that discredits ALL accusers.
Including those accusing Roy Moore and... Donald Trump.
And discrediting all accusers is exactly what is needed for powerful men to be able to go back to getting away with systemic sexual violation!
theres a single accuser rather than multiple ones
the accuser approached news media (or, in Tweedens case, was the news media) rather than news media approaching them (WaPo was careful to point this out in their original Moore story)
the accuser did not ask for an investigation or charge or say that they had previously attempted to find some sort of recourse, unsuccessfully. (In my Takei diary, or perhaps a comment, I wrote that Takei, if hes innocent, should try to initiate an investigation somehow, or at least welcome one; Franken, interestingly, has done exactly that)
the news media outlet they went to was not a major, established one that did a comprehensive investigation with fact-checking
recorded media that the accused says depicts clowning around was used as substantiation (a Howard Stern interview and a photo, respectively) of more severe abuse that was not recorded
Russian bot/trolls allocated the vast majority of their resources to the accusation while it was trending on Twitter
the accused has a solid reputation as a champion of womens concerns including with respect to sexual assault/abuse
he displays that in his response, even if it is a denial, rather than making excuses for his behaviour (e.g. I ask the girls mother).
[Edit: John Ziegler notices some of these and other anomalies here.]
With the Franken case we can also now say that Roger Stone knew about it beforehand. Same with every Dem politician who gets accused from now on.
She did not look sincere the first time to me. Looked like someone trying to have her facial expressions match her words but not quite managing it.
Also the fact of Hannity saying in his interview with her, that she showed him the photo years ago, but he kept quiet all these years. Tweeden laughs when he says that in the interview.
Yeah, sure! (BTW: Funny how Hannity suddenly cares about sexual abuse!)
If this is a hit job, it shows the GOP does not give a crap about victims of sexual abuse , & may it all backfire on the GOP.
I am sorry but I think we are divided in this issue, even though we all care about sexual abuse and sexual assault.
Also in a court of law what would Franken be convicted of? Giving a kiss she consented to. Photo of grabbing breasts but not really grabbing.
Edited to add link mentioned in article above:
I Loathe Al Franken, But It Sure Seems Like He is Getting Totally Railroaded
Clintons affinity for elephants is not widely known or reported. But during her tenure as Secretary of State in the Obama Administration, she helped bring the issue of global wildlife trafficking out of obscurity.
There was also this announcement in September 2013 at the Clinton Global Initiative:
Hillary Rodham Clinton announced a new global effort Thursday to protect Africas wild elephants from poaching, part of a long-running personal crusade for the former secretary of state
Unless the killing stops, African forest elephants are expected to be extinct within 10 years, Clinton said. I cant even grasp what a great disaster this is ecologically, but also for anyone who shares this planet to lose a magnificent creature like the African forest elephant seems like such a rebuke to our own values.
For Hillary, this is actually personal.
When asked by Ellen DeGeneres what her spirit animal is, Hillary Clinton had a surprising answer: the elephant.
Although the symbol of the GOP, Clinton spoke on the Ellen DeGeneres Show this May with rare passion about the need to protect real elephants from a poaching crisis that has killed at least 110,000 of them over the past decade, pushing the worlds largest land animals especially forest elephants closer to extinction.
I love the way the matriarch of the family looks out for everybody, I just have such a sense of connection to elephants and it just breaks my heart that they are being poached and murdered and babies being left to fend for themselves, Clinton said on a portion of the show that only aired on Facebook.
If we have learned nothing else about Donald Trump, it is that he is primarily motivated by attempts to elevate himself and take revenge against people he considers to be his enemies. Even though she is simply private citizen Hillary Clinton now, he cant let go. And while hes at it, this action provides another opportunity for Trump to take a swipe and Barack Obamas legacy a twofer.
Why Electing Hillary in 16 Is More Important Than Electing Obama in 08
A former Obama 08 speechwriter explains how and why Secretary Clinton is a lot more compelling than you might think.
I hear youre still not Ready for Hillary.
I get it. I didnt start off as her biggest fan either. During the 2008 campaign, I wrote plenty of less-than-complimentary words about Hillary Clinton in my role as Barack Obamas speechwriter. Then, a few weeks after the election, I had a well-documented run-in with a piece of cardboard that bore a striking resemblance to the incoming Secretary of State.
It was one of the stupider, more disrespectful mistakes Ive made, and one that could have cost me a job if Hillary hadnt accepted my apology, which she did with grace and humor. As a result, I had the chance to serve in the Obama administration with someone who was far different than the caricature I had helped perpetuate.
The most famous woman in the world would walk through the White House with no entourage, casually chatting up junior staffers along the way. She was by far the most prepared, impressive person at every Cabinet meeting. She worked harder and logged more miles than anyone in the administration, including the president. And shed spend large amounts of time and energy on things that offered no discernible benefit to her political futuresaving elephants from ivory poachers, listening to the plight of female coffee farmers in Timor-Leste, defending LGBT rights in places like Uganda.
Most of alland you hear this all the time from people whove worked for herHillary Clinton is uncommonly warm and thoughtful. She surprises with birthday cakes. She calls when a grandparent passes away. She once rearranged her entire campaign schedule so a staffer could attend her daughters preschool graduation. Her husband charms by talking to you; Hillary does it by listening to younot in a head-nodding, politician way; in a real person way.
This same story has repeated itself throughout Clintons career: those who initially view her as distrustful and divisive from afar find her genuine and cooperative in person. It was the case with voters in New York, Republicans in the Senate, Obama people in the White House, and heads of state all over the world. Theres a reason being Americas chief diplomat was the specific job Obama asked Hillary to doshe has the perfect personality for it.
more here: https://www.thedailybeast.com/why-electing-hillary-in-16-is-more-important-than-electing-obama-in-08
They need to self-select having this in mind right now. Whoever does not measure please just take yourselves out of the race now.
Hmmm? First time he is done the correct thing.
The House of Representatives will vote today on their Republican leaderships version of a tax code rewrite, advancing their goal of scoring some kind of legislative victory before the years end. The legislation is expected to pass along party lines, but it does not have the support of every Republican: U.S. Rep. John Faso of Kinderhook said late Wednesday afternoon that he will vote against the legislation. Rep. Elise Stefanik of the 21st CD says shes voting against it, too.
Rep. John Faso to vote against GOP tax bill
Senate Republican plans to vote no on that chamber's version of tax reform
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