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Former Idaho representative Brandon Hixon commits suicide following sexual misconduct accusations

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Former Idaho representative Brandon Hixon commits suicide following sexual misconduct accusations

Republican Brandon Hixon died Tuesday of an apparent suicide. The 36-year-old resigned in October last year following accusations of sexual misconduct. He left behind four children.

Idaho Rep. Hixon commits suicide amid sex abuse inquiry

http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article193732204.htmlHe resigned from the Legislature in October after news broke that he was the focus of a criminal investigation by Caldwell police. That inquiry is apparently related to sexual abuse, according to a later request by Canyon County officials for the Idaho Attorney General’s Office to take over the investigation.

“I hope that my efforts have helped improve the lives of my constituents in District 10, as well as all Idahoans,” Hixon wrote in an email to Bedke and Gov. Butch Otter. “I will never forget all of my colleagues that I very much enjoyed working side by side with to make Idaho a better place for all.”

This is the second suicide by a state lawmaker in less than a month. In December, Kentucky representative Dan Johnson also committed suicide following sexual misconduct accusations by someone who at the time was 17-years-old.

My Take

This is a sad example of the types of people we’re putting into office. It’s disrespectful to speak ill of the dead, but it was a selfish and cowardly act to take his own life with four children depending on him. We need to take a closer look at all of our current and future leaders. This was preventable across the board.

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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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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Joe Arpaio calls criticizing Trump an act of treason

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Joe Arpaio calls criticizing Trump an act of treason

Earlier this week Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) gave his much-anticipated speech from the Senate floor where he criticized Donald Trump for his never-ending assault on the First Amendment.

After a year’s worth of listening to the president refer to unfavorable news stories as “fake news,” and going so far as to label the media “an enemy of the American people,” Flake reminded his colleagues in Congress, as well as the president, that these attacks were eerily reminiscent of words infamously used by Russia dictator Josef Stalin when describing his enemies.

As I wrote in the days leading up to Flake’s speech, Trump’s fake news mantra also bore a striking resemblance to Hitler and Nazi Germany.

While Flake’s status as a RINO might make it easy to dismiss his speech, the conclusion of his dissertation is undebatable—Trump is increasingly becoming a threat to the freedom of the press.

However, there are Trump sycophants who disagree with me.

Former Arizona State Senator and current GOP candidate to replace Flake, Kelli Ward, threw down the Trumplican gauntlet as she challenged every candidate in the race to publicly condemn Flake’s remarks.

While the response to her challenge has been weak, candidate Joe Arpaio, the 85-year-old former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, and undying Obama “birther,” one-upped Ward in a TV interview where he not only condemned Flake; he accused him of treason.

“I don’t know if Sen. Flake should make some comments against our commander-in-chief. It could be considered by some a borderline treason-type situation.”

Arpaio went on to suggest that the public should be “careful” when criticizing the president and that the right to do so should only be exercised “within reason.”

How much more Donald Trump can you get?

The GOP has been hijacked by Trumplicanism and Sheriff Joe is running on the Trumplican platform, a platform that considers the First Amendment a threat to Donald Trump, and believes that those who exercise their free speech rights are most likely guilty of treason.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 

David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His daily radio commentary is nationally syndicated with Salem Radio Network and can be heard on stations across America.

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