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As Nikki Haley speaks up for sexual misconduct accusers, will the President listen?

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An Nikki Haley speaks up for sexual misconduct accusers will the President listen

Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley spoke up this morning for women who have accused men in power of sexual misconduct, stating she believes they should be heard. At one point in the interview on “Face the Nation,” she went so far as to address the women who accused then-candidate Trump of sexual misconduct.

Nikki Haley: All women who have experienced sexual misconduct should be heard — even Trump’s accusers

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/nikki-haley-all-women-who-have-experienced-sexual-misconduct-should-be-heard-even-trumps-accusers/article/2643073She even bucked President Trump and the party line when she said the 2016 election didn’t totally settle the question of whether Trump’s accusers should be believed.

Many Trump supporters have argued the 2016 election meant the voters had decided on if he was guilty of sexual harassment.

Haley said elections shouldn’t keep women from speaking out.

“Women who accuse anyone should be heard,” she said. “They should be heard, they should be dealt with. I think we heard from them prior to the election and I think any woman who has felt violated or felt mistreated in any way, they have every right to speak up.”

She added, “I know that he was elected, but women should always feel comfortable coming forward we should all be willing to listen to them.”

Nothing that she said was anti-Trump. How will it be perceived by the general public, the media, and most importantly her boss in the coming days? Will the President take this as a stab in the back? Will he acknowledge that the current trend in American society is to protect the accusers while examining their stories for validity?

As far as we can tell, the accusers in most high-profile situations have been classified properly. Those that have legitimate claims have been heard and in many cases their accusations have led to the removal of powerful men from their office. When accusations are shown to not be credible, the response has been equal but opposite. This trend is good as long as discernment is clear. When credible accusations are denounced or when false accusations generate inappropriate responses, this could turn into a major problem. So far, accusations over the last few months have been properly handled by both the media and the public.

What Haley brings up may start to come to bear soon. The President, who had over a dozen accusations made against him during the campaign, has denied them all. Since they came out during a contentious political season, those women weren’t “heard” despite claims by the White House that the election of President Trump puts those accusations to bed. They don’t, but that doesn’t mean they’ll ever be truly heard. Unless new accusations are made against the President, he will likely be the one immune party to this wave of recent accusations.

On the other hand, if credible accusations are made that tell us something we don’t already know, the whole question could rise back up. A report yesterday by a former Fox News anchor told us what we already know, that the President likes to kiss women on the lips, which is why it didn’t spark much controversy.

Ex-Fox News anchor claims a married Trump tried to kiss her

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ex-fox-news-anchor-claims-married-trump-kiss-article-1.3686683Juliet Huddy, who left a local Fox News station after accusing Bill O’Reilly of sexual misconduct, told New York radio host Bill Schulz that Trump tried to smooch her on the lips after taking her out to lunch in 2005 or 2006 at his namesake skyscraper. The incident allegedly occurred right around the time Trump married his third wife, Melania.

“He said goodbye to me in an elevator while his security guy was there,” Huddy recalled. “Rather than kiss me on the cheek, he leaned in to kiss me on the lips. I wasn’t offended. I was kind of like, ‘Oh my God.’”

Huddy said she didn’t feel “threatened” by Trump, but called the interaction a “weird moment.”

Haley’s comments are spot on. The President shouldn’t view them as a betrayal. She said all victims of sexual misconduct need to be heard, even if they’re making accusations against the most powerful man in the world. If the President is smart, he won’t make an issue of this. Haley has been one of the stars of his administration. If he turns on her, it will not end well.

President Trump has dozens of targets on his back. Sexual misconduct is just one of them, but it may be the one that hurts him and his party electorally if he ever lashes out about it. He may not like what Haley said, but he shouldn’t respond. He really shouldn’t even address it. He should simply forget about it and do nothing that can be construed as retaliation.

Scarlett is a mom and a friend. She blogs for a living but really prefers to read more than write. She writes mostly about politics, but occasionally delves into book and movie reviews.

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Facebook’s plan to filter the news and blame users for the results

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Facebooks plan to filter the news and blame users for the results

If there’s one thing Facebook has gotten much better at over the years, it’s in how they spin their policy changes. There was a time not too long ago when everything they did blew up in their face from public backlash as they fumbled through updates and changes. Today, they’ve learned how to paint the narrative the way they want us to see it.

The latest version of this is their “objective” way of determining which news sources get promoted and which get filtered out of timelines. Their methodology: rely on users to essentially vote on which sources to trust and which to pan. With a majority of users leaning left, it’s pretty easy for Facebook to be “objective” and still get the desired results.

Here’s the story from Daily Caller:

Facebook Fights Fake News By Letting Users To Rank News Sources

Facebook, which has taken heat for spreading misinformation, plans to start ranking news sources by how “trustworthy” users believe they are, according to a statement on the latest News Feed update. News sources will be evaluated on trustworthiness, how informative it is, and relevance, but Facebook will not be making decisions on news outlets itself. “We… (more…)

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DOJ to retry Menendez

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DOJ to retry Menendez

Senator Bob Menendez had hopes his day in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons was over after a jury failed to reach a verdict in his federal corruption case late last year. Those days away from the spotlight may soon be over for the Democrat as the Department of Justice announced their intentions to retry him and his co-defendant Salomon Melgen.

Feds intend to retry Menendez and Melgen ‘at the earliest possible date’

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/01/19/bob-menendez-retrial-justice-department-350904“The United States files this notice of intent to retry the defendants and requests that the Court set the case for retrial at the earliest possible date,” reads the one-paragraph notice signed by AnnaLou Tirol, acting chief of the department’s public integrity section. “Defendants Robert Menendez and Salomon Melgen have been indicted for bribery and corruption by two separate grand juries properly impaneled in the District of New Jersey. The first trial ended in a mistrial with a deadlocked jury. An early retrial date is in the best interests of the public, and the United States is available to schedule a retrial at the Court’s earliest convenience.”

My Take

I’m no lawyer, but the evidence against Menendez is pretty clear cut. An unfavorable jury and bungling by prosecutors made it hard for the jury to reach a verdict while mainstream media essentially ignored the story until the verdict. I hope to see justice served.

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Social media one cause for adolescence now starting at 10 and lasting until 24

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Social media one cause for adolescence now starting at 10 and lasting until 24

A new scientific paper out of England proposes that social media is one cause for both the premature ending of childhood and delayed transition to adulthood until age 24.

The age of adolescence

www.thelancet.com/journals/lanchi/article/PIIS2352-4642(18)30022-1/fulltextAdolescence is the phase of life stretching between childhood and adulthood, and its definition has long posed a conundrum. Adolescence encompasses elements of biological growth and major social role transitions, both of which have changed in the past century. Earlier puberty has accelerated the onset of adolescence in nearly all populations, while understanding of continued growth has lifted its endpoint age well into the 20s. In parallel, delayed timing of role transitions, including completion of education, marriage, and parenthood, continue to shift popular perceptions of when adulthood begins.

The paper suggests a view of adolescence as between the ages of 10 and 24 “corresponds more closely to adolescent growth and popular understandings of this life phase.”

The paper also remarked on the role of social media, regarding it as being among the “unprecedented social forces…affecting health and wellbeing across these years.”

The paper cited “delayed timing of role transitions, including completion of education, marriage and parenthood” in affecting the perception of when adulthood effectively begins. It goes on to suggest the longer range of adolescence is “essential” for “developmentally appropriate framing of laws, social policies, and service systems.”

If the paper’s premise were adopted, one logical conclusion would be the extension of the period in life when one might enjoy the privileges of adulthood, such as voting and driving automobiles, without the corresponding responsibilities or legal liabilities of being an adult (for which those costs are often shifted to the innocent victims or society in general). For example, in many states, minors (under age 18) are treated as juveniles and often receive much more lenient sentences (and charging decisions) on account of age, even when their crime is very much a “grown-up” crime and the impact of the crime on the victim is no less.

One can also view this as cynical social engineering. A call to increase social services, with the justification of an expanded population “in need” and “at risk,” would result in subsequent calls for increased government funding of social services. As someone has to be paid to provide those services, the redefinition of adolescence can be suspected to be merely the latest pseudo-scientific attempt to lengthen the public employee / social services gravy train, which always seems to run on time.

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