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Friday, June 28, 2013

Morning News: Warrior Women and One Washington Budget

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WA Budget Crisis Averted: Dems and Republicans shook hands over on a $33.6 billion state budget that would put an additional $1 billion into public schools over the next two years and keep state offices open Monday. Legislators are expected to vote on the budget deal today.

Bikini Baristas Defend Their Business: Two Everett bikini baristas working for the drive-through coffee shops that were raided by police earlier this week are speaking out, saying that they've never participated in or seen anything illegal going on at their stands.

David Chase Remembers James Gandolfini: Go read his moving eulogy.

Idiot: A Marysville man (and convicted sex offender) has been arrested after allegedly hitting a toddler with a fly swatter. Frank Moore reportedly told the child's father that he hit her because "she hit him first."

Immigration Reform Bill: The Senate passed it yesterday but will the GOP-controlled House vote on it? Read all the speculation over here!

A List of Places You Still Can't Smoke Pot in WA: Don't bring pot onto federal property, like federal buildings, national parks and forests, courthouses, and military bases, as one unfortunate guy learned the hard way.

Throw in a Pony While You're at It: Lon Snowden, father of Edward Snowden, says his son might be willing to return to the US to stand trial for espionage charges if he's not imprisoned before his trial, can choose where his trial is held, and isn't subjected to a gag order.

Pre-Teen Murder-Suicide? Autopsies indicate that a 12-year-old boy shot his 9-year-old brother in Ohio yesterday before turning the gun on himself.

Warrior Women Are Coming for You, GOP: Ohio State Senator Nina Turner warned her GOP peers yesterday that "warrior women" all over the country will continue to fight their anti-abortion agenda. "Women in Texas, all over the country, and right here in Ohio are fed up. This isn’t about one bill or one state, it is about the unrelenting obsession with regulating a woman’s womb. Over 700 bills in 42 states in just the last few months have been introduced to regulate a woman’s constitutionally-guaranteed right to choose.”

McCaskill Brings the Brass: US Senator Claire McCaskill (MO-D) slaps down a Wall Street Journal reporter's claims that she's promoting a "war on men" by holding the automatic promotion of Lieutenant General Susan Helms, nominated for vice commander of the Air Force Space Command, because the Lt. General recently reduced the aggravated sexual assault conviction of an Air Force captain to that of a simple "indecent act." Here's a small sample of McCaskill being a badass:

It’s notable that [Journal reporter] Mr. Taranto spends little time discussing the actions of Lt. General Susan Helms—the commander in question, whose lifetime of service to the U.S. Air Force is worthy of our gratitude and appreciation. Instead, he re-litigates the facts of a case he didn’t witness, comparing the recklessness of sending a text message or having a drink, to the “recklessness” involved in sexually assaulting another person.

... Under current military law, Lt. General Helms had the power to substitute her own judgment for that of the jury’s. She ultimately did so, vacating the jury's guilty verdict against Capt. Herrera, against the advice of her own legal counsel, and despite not having attended the trial.

What she did was not a crime. But it was an error, and a significant one. I’m hopeful that our work this year will remove the ability of a commander to substitute their judgment, and sometimes also their ingrained bias, for that of a jury who has heard the witnesses and made a determination of their credibility and the facts of the case.

I believe we’re all accountable for the power we exercise and the decisions we make, even if we have the legal right to make them.


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TomJohnsonJr 1
Holy shit, Cienna, that McCaskill is a hero. Thanks for letting us know.
I met with Lt. General Helms, looked her in the eye, and talked with her at length about this case. And while I find her situation unfortunate, it’s important that we remember who the real victim is in all this: the woman who was brave enough to come forward in a difficult culture and environment, sit in a witness stand, and tell the story of her sexual assault. A woman who then watched the decision of a jury—a jury that heard the testimony offered by both the victim and the defense—overturned by someone who was never even in the courtroom.
Posted by TomJohnsonJr on June 28, 2013 at 8:20 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 2
Wow, did someone seriously used the term "war on men," or did you just put that in quotes because it is basically a nonsensical term?

What a fucking joke. What would a war on men even look like?

I really fucking hate guys that claim that straight male sexuality is all about objectifying and taking/claiming women, and any suggestion that women should not simply be sex toys is an assault on male sexuality.

Posted by Theodore Gorath on June 28, 2013 at 8:24 AM · Report this
Dr_Awesome 3
Ugh, Snohomish County makes the news twice. And not in good ways. Oh well, we up here know that Marysville is basically your doltish cousin, the one with a straight D-average and a predilection for pulling the wings off of flies. But he's kin, so we sorta tolerate him.
Posted by Dr_Awesome on June 28, 2013 at 8:46 AM · Report this
watchout5 4
On that army base pot charge, "More officers arrived,"

More officers? For a gram of pot? Oh the humanity, I'm surprised everyone made it out alive.
Posted by watchout5 on June 28, 2013 at 8:49 AM · Report this
seatackled 5

Taranto's defends his original article with a column titled "Sex, Lies and the War on Men."…

His first article opens with this:

Lt. Gen. Susan Helms is a pioneering woman who finds her career stalled because of a war on men—a political campaign against sexual assault in the military that shows signs of becoming an effort to criminalize male sexuality.…
Posted by seatackled on June 28, 2013 at 8:50 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 6
Warrior women! Queen Boudicca would be proud!
Posted by Pope Peabrain on June 28, 2013 at 8:59 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 7
I worry about the War on Canada Day ...
Posted by Will in Seattle on June 28, 2013 at 9:02 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 8
@5: Yeah, that is exactly what I fucking hate.

Dumbass men who go around claiming that sexual assault is normative heterosexual male behavior. It is an insult to humanity, and I hate that there are men who think this way. It is disgusting.

I mean, anyone who reads that and is still on the fence about rather or not "rape culture" is a meaningful term or not is not using their brains.

Thanks for the additional info though!
Posted by Theodore Gorath on June 28, 2013 at 9:45 AM · Report this
scary tyler moore 9
a war on men? where do i enlist?
Posted by scary tyler moore on June 28, 2013 at 9:56 AM · Report this
Those pigs must have really felt like heros saving America when they stopped that guy with a tiny bud. I feel safer already with that criminal cited and his herb off the streets.
Posted by S T on June 28, 2013 at 10:15 AM · Report this
seatackled 11

One of the things that struck me about Taranto's piece is that he totally ignored the fact that there was a jury that weighed the evidence and found Herrara guilty.
Posted by seatackled on June 28, 2013 at 10:18 AM · Report this
Abbafui 12
Anyone notice how KIRO news seems to be run by the NRA? At least twice this week, they have run stories featuring people who have fended off criminals with real and toy guns. Subtext - owning a gun is good and it will protect you. No stories abour pre-teen murder suicides to balance it out.
Posted by Abbafui on June 28, 2013 at 10:51 AM · Report this
TheMisanthrope 13
Wait a second. There's a guy who wrote that repression of a woman who commuted a sentence of a man found guilty of sexual assault by a jury is a war on men?

That sounds like a war on women.

1) There was a sexual assault on a woman. (War on women)

2) The guy who was found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman had his sentence reduced. (war on women, ease of men)

3) The woman who commuted the sentence is now having her promotion held back for commuting. (War on women).

Where is the war on men in this case?
Posted by TheMisanthrope on June 28, 2013 at 11:13 AM · Report this
@11 read the column in 5. In a court martial, there is no jury. McCaskill and others are using sloppy language to create misperceptions
Posted by chunkstyle on June 28, 2013 at 11:34 AM · Report this
raindrop 15
@9: You can pick up an application form at The Stranger, or any NOW or Planned Parenthood office.
Posted by raindrop on June 28, 2013 at 11:40 AM · Report this
scary tyler moore 16
thank you, raindrop! i'll do that today!
Posted by scary tyler moore on June 28, 2013 at 11:44 AM · Report this
"Anyone notice how KIRO news seems to be run by the NRA? "

Yep. All the WA newspapers and TV stations are doing this. Gets them that NRA money plus advertising dollars for concealed carry and gun shops. Then all the sheeple who read it run down to Walmart and buy guns and ammo.
Posted by S T on June 28, 2013 at 1:16 PM · Report this
seatackled 18

You want me to reread the column by Taranto for evidence to support Taranto's claims? You seem to be full of shit.

Helms overturned a verdict reached by a jury. You can even read about it from…

I'll even give you the relevant line:

In 2012, Helms reversed a jury’s verdict to convict Air Force Capt. Matthew Herrera for sexually assaulting Tech. Sgt. Jennifer J. Robinson.

Did you see the part where refers to a jury's verdict? This means that there was a jury that reached a verdict.

Posted by seatackled on June 28, 2013 at 9:18 PM · Report this
seatackled 19

End formatting?
Posted by seatackled on June 28, 2013 at 9:22 PM · Report this
seatackled 20
Damn it, let me try again. . .
Posted by seatackled on June 28, 2013 at 9:23 PM · Report this
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