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Yosemito's Journal
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February 13, 2019

Second woman who accused Fairfax of assault was subject of 2008 restraining order

Source: Politico

A woman who alleged Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax raped her in college was accused of harassing and threatening a man she had a relationship with, according to Maryland court records.

The man sought and received a peace order against Meredith Watson in July 2008, the records show. A peace order falls under the “umbrella term” of a restraining order in the state of Maryland, University of Maryland law professor Leigh Goodmark said. It is applied to situations in which a person may need to ask for distance from someone who isn't their spouse or live-in partner, he said.

In a petition for the restraining order, obtained by POLITICO, the man described an incident in which Watson “was detaining me against my will ... [and] not letting me leave” a vacation house in Corolla, N.C., and “dented the trunk” of his vehicle with her fist. In another instance, Watson showed up at his house stating “she was going to kill herself” and sent “threatening text messages” to the man, who had his sister come over to persuade her to leave, according to the document.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/story/2019/02/12/justin-fairfax-virginia-1166298

Some have raised the possibility that Watson falsely accused Fairfax of rape as part of revenge of some sort.
Now that we learned she abducted a man and threatened to kill herself, this theory becomes plausible.

Notice I didn't use the word "allegedly".

Believe the accuser. Don't attack the victim. Remember?

February 13, 2019

Will Trump sign the border compromise bill?

Democrats and Republicans agreed on a bill to avert another shutdown. Do you predict that he will or will not sign it?

February 12, 2019

What people are saying about Tulsi Gabbard in Iowa

Buzzfeed interviewed several people who like the candidacy of Tulsi Gabbard in Iowa:

The crowd was eclectic. It was, Fairfield resident David Goodman suggested, “probably … the only place in America that knows what her name means.” (“Holy basil, and it’s actually used in Ayurveda, which a lot of people know about it, so they know about Tulsi”). A libertarian consultant who worked for Gary Johnson in 2016 helped tape up signs.
Some, like Dane and Nancy Urban, were scoping out the field — but they were excited about the number of women candidates this cycle, and “anybody who’s willing to come to our small town, we’re willing to come out and see them,” Nancy said.

Others, like Ed Noyes, an independent, were drawn to her “courage” to speak out against regime change wars, though not yet enough so to change his affiliation and vote for her in a primary.

*“They’re basically doing the same thing to her that they did to Trump* and continue to do to Trump,” he said, pointing to the “bullshit” investigation into alleged Russian collusion. *The “they,” he said, was “the deep state.”

She seems to be attractive to Non-Democrats.
February 11, 2019

Kamala Harris vs. Elizabeth Warren

I just want to know who DUers prefer for 2020.

February 11, 2019

Democrats should demand an apology from Trump's "trail of years" remark

Now that Ilhan Omar apologized to Democratic leaders in Congress over her comments about AIPAC, the following step should be condemning Trump’s remarks against native Americans and Elizabeth Warren.

February 11, 2019

Ilhan Omar apologizes


My two cents? Democrats apologize too much.
February 11, 2019

National Enquirer Publisher Asked Justice Department for Advice on Saudi Connection

Source: Wall Street Journal

The dust-up between Amazon.com Inc. AMZN +0.03% founder Jeff Bezos and National Enquirer parent American Media LLC has raised questions about the media company’s connections to Saudi Arabia.

American Media has had plenty of contacts with Saudi Arabia in recent years, including seeking financial backing from Saudi investors to fund acquisitions and producing a magazine celebrating the country’s new crown prince.

It also sought advice last year from the U.S. Justice Department over whether the publisher should register as a foreign agent, a person familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal.

The issue of the ties came up last week when Mr. Bezos took to the internet to push back against what he said was an extortion attempt by the National Enquirer against him over an extramarital affair that the tabloid reported on last month featuring photos and texts. He said he launched his own probe into how the publication obtained his texts as well as its motives and wrote that the “Saudi angle seems to hit a particularly sensitive nerve.”

Read more: https://www.wsj.com/articles/national-enquirer-publisher-asked-justice-department-for-advice-on-saudi-connection-11549908996?redirect=amp#click=https://t.co/XEw7WkdSrH

This is huge.
National Enquirer even created a magazine exclusively for the purpose of kissing the Prince's ass
NE also looked for money from the Saudis.
Then all of a sudden NE obtains naked pics of Khashoggi's former boss in the Washington Post (Bezos) who is critical if the Prince.
The plot thickens.
February 11, 2019

Northam opponents will not like this New York Times article

At a time when a lot of white parents sought to put their children in schools separated from black people, Northam’s parents decided to do the opposite: put him in public school. And he got along just fine:

In a region where black and white people largely lived in different communities, Ralph Northam hung around black neighborhoods with black friends. He was one of two white players on the high school basketball team in 1977, his senior year. His class had 73 students — 37 black, 36 white.

A black childhood friend says:
“We were chasing basketballs, baseballs. We were fishing. We were crabbing. We didn’t see race.”

He helped sick African-Americans.
Mr. Northam commuted 60 miles each way to treat the children at the center, including many from African-American, Latino or Haitian families who worked on the region’s farms or in its chicken processing plants.

One time and African-American friend and his wife had a stillborn baby. Northam comforted them:
Mr. Bailey retains a vivid memory from 1988, when his wife, Monica, was in Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, recovering from having delivered a stillborn child. “As God would have it, Ralph was doing a rotation at Walter Reed, and he found us and spent time,” Mr. Bailey, now a high school administrator, recalled.

So let’s look at his mistakes as well as the good relationship he has had with African-Americans.
February 11, 2019

Breaking: Fairfax impeachment plan postponed

I think the guy who wanted to impeach realized it's not that easy. Legal questions, whether there is enough support , etc..

February 11, 2019

If Northam is a racist, he's a strange one indeed

I don't know if Ralph Northam is a racist, but if he is, he's a weird one.
Imagine if all "racists" worked to expand Medicaid, the health program that serves the poor, and he helped to restore voting rights for felons, both policies that benefit many African Americans.
Then there's the majority of African Americans who want the racist to stay in power even after these scandals.

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