Herman Cain and the sexual harrassment allegations

October 31, 2011

So, Politico has dug up some dirt on Herman Cain.

And it’s dirt of a sort so common in our modern PC world: allegations of sexual misconduct of an unspecified nature that ended with a payout (from the National Restaurant Association).

Such charges are, quite literally, indefensible—it’s “he said she said” in the modern age, in which the victim is always right. Unfortunately, a payoff means nothing except that the organization has decided it’s cheaper to pay than to fight in a game where the deck is stacked against an alleged perpetrator.

That’s true whether the supposed perpetrator is Democrat or Republican, liberal or conservative, white or black. What’s more, the system encourages false claims, because the name of the accuser is protected. Even now, in the case of Cain, Politico is not releasing the accusers’ names for “privacy” reasons—although perhaps the names will leak out over time, as these things often do.

Starting way back in the 80s or even earlier, I became skeptical of all such allegations since I saw firsthand (mostly through an incident I witnessed at a university) how unfair they can be and how the deck is stacked against the accused. In the case I knew best, it shocked me to learn that all that was necessary for the charge to stick was nothing more than an assertion by the accuser that the accused had done something that made her uncomfortable. The locus of the offense was in the definition/reaction of the hearer, not any objective standard of right or wrong.

How far we’ve come from the bad old days when sexual harassment in the workplace was winked at (literally). Now the worm has turned so decisively that the accused pretty much calls the shots. This does not mean that sexual harassment doesn’t occur, or that’s it’s okay when it does. But it does mean that we should regard all such allegations with automatic suspicion (as I did with those against President Clinton, until a certain blue dress appeared).

Let’s see what has been alleged about Cain’s behavior [emphasis mine]:

During Herman Cain’s tenure as the head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, at least two female employees complained to colleagues and senior association officials about inappropriate behavior by Cain, ultimately leaving their jobs at the trade group, multiple sources confirm to POLITICO.

The women complained of sexually suggestive behavior by Cain that made them angry and uncomfortable, the sources said, and they signed agreements with the restaurant group that gave them financial payouts to leave the association…

The sources — including the recollections of close associates and other documentation — describe episodes that left the women upset and offended. These incidents include conversations allegedly filled with innuendo or personal questions of a sexually suggestive nature, taking place at hotels during conferences, at other officially sanctioned restaurant association events and at the association’s offices. There were also descriptions of physical gestures that were not overtly sexual but that made women who experienced or witnessed them uncomfortable and that they regarded as improper in a professional relationship.

Notice that the locus of the offense appears to have been in the perception of the accusers.

It occurs to me that, although the exact date of the Cain allegations and settlement is not specified except that it was “in the 90s,” we know it had to have been after 1996 because that was the year Cain became affiliated with the restaurant organization. So if the charges were trumped up, it would have been possible for the accusers to have gotten the idea from the Anita Hill hearings against Clarence Thomas, which had such high visibility in 1991.

Cain alleges that he didn’t even know about the payments:

“If the restaurant association did a settlement, I wasn’t even aware of it,” [Cain] claimed, “and I hope it wasn’t for much. If there was a settlement, it was handled by some of the other officers at the restaurant association.”

That is certainly possible as well.

Which enemies of Cain’s might be responsible for pushing this story? There are a host of possibilities on either side, way too many to choose from. And isn’t it interesting that Politico is refusing to go into more of the details of the allegations?:

Politico’s Jonathan Martin: “And also, what actually happened to these women as well, we want to be sensitive to that, too. It includes both verbal and physical gestures.

“These women felt uncomfortable, and they were unhappy about their treatment, and they complained to both colleagues and senior officials. In one case it involved, I think, inviting a woman up to a hotel room of Cain’s on the road … We’re just not going to get into the details of exactly what happened with these women beside what’s in the story.”

How very “sensitive” of Politico.

I imagine we’ll be hearing more about this story.


Jordanians plan to sue Netanyahu

October 31, 2011
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From Ammon News:

Jordanian farmers from the Jordan Valley intend to file a lawsuit against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in international courts over the fires Israel reportedly sets ablaze at the borders with Jordan, causing major damages to Jordanian border farms.

Head of the Jordan Valley Farmers’ Union Adnan Khaddam said that the farmers also intend to file lawsuits against Israeli Ambassador in Amman Danial Nevo over the fires that Israeli authorities regularly set ablaze at border regions with Jordan.

Khaddam said that farmers are seeking financial compensation for damages to their farms and equipment as a result of the repeated fires, Assabeel daily newspaper reported.

The latest fire was occurred last Friday in the border Manshiyyeh region, which extended to over 15 dunums burning over 90 citrus trees and woodland areas, and damaged irrigation infrastructure of Jordanian farms in the border region.

Khaddam added that most of the fires in the past several years were caused by light bombs fired by the Israeli army to monitor the borders, and to detonate mines and burn weeds off wire fences of border patrol sites, citing “security reasons, border patrol, and preventing smuggling.”

Jordanian farmers have repeatedly complained about the fires which extend to Jordanian farms and cause major damages. The Jordanian government had also voiced objection over the fires and the material damages caused to Jordanian farms, yet Israel continues to refuse to compensate Jordanian farmers, UPI reported.

I don’t know where the Manshiyyeh region is. Practically the entire border between Israel and Jordan is the Jordan river and the Dead Sea, so while I suppose it is possible for burning embers to go across the water and start fires, this seems strange.

It took sixty some years for the Arabs to figure out that lawsuits were more debilitating then tanks. It will taken another thirty to figure out that suicide bombs only spike the emotions of those who already were haters. The Arabs might have attrition, but it always seems to hit a brick wall of common sense. The only real danger for the Jews is when they start believing the hateful libels themselves… with the amount of so called Jews who claimed to be Jews (or might of had a relative who was Jewish)… they came close enough that they put Obama in office, but the Jews will overcome this as well.


Jordanians plan to sue Netanyahu

October 31, 2011
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From Ammon News:

Jordanian farmers from the Jordan Valley intend to file a lawsuit against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in international courts over the fires Israel reportedly sets ablaze at the borders with Jordan, causing major damages to Jordanian border farms.
Head of the Jordan Valley Farmers’ Union Adnan Khaddam said that the farmers also intend to file lawsuits against Israeli Ambassador in Amman Danial Nevo over the fires that Israeli authorities regularly set ablaze at border regions with Jordan.
Khaddam said that farmers are seeking financial compensation for damages to their farms and equipment as a result of the repeated fires, Assabeel daily newspaper reported.
The latest fire was occurred last Friday in the border Manshiyyeh region, which extended to over 15 dunums burning over 90 citrus trees and woodland areas, and damaged irrigation infrastructure of Jordanian farms in the border region.
Khaddam added that most of the fires in the past several years were caused by light bombs fired by the Israeli army to monitor the borders, and to detonate mines and burn weeds off wire fences of border patrol sites, citing “security reasons, border patrol, and preventing smuggling.”
Jordanian farmers have repeatedly complained about the fires which extend to Jordanian farms and cause major damages. The Jordanian government had also voiced objection over the fires and the material damages caused to Jordanian farms, yet Israel continues to refuse to compensate Jordanian farmers, UPI reported.

I don’t know where the Manshiyyeh region is. Practically the entire border between Israel and Jordan is the Jordan river and the Dead Sea, so while I suppose it is possible for burning embers to go across the water and start fires, this seems strange.

It took sixty some years for the Arabs to figure out that lawsuits were more debilitating then tanks. It will taken another thirty to figure out that suicide bombs only spike the emotions of those who already were haters. The Arabs might have attrition, but it always seems to hit a brick wall of common sense. The only real danger for the Jews is when they start believing the hateful libels themselves… with the amount of so called Jews who claimed to be Jews (or might of had a relative who was Jewish)… they came close enough that they put Obama in office, but the Jews will overcome this as well.


Halloween Costume by Intolerant Fox

October 31, 2011

I majored in womyn’s studies and don’t know why I can’t find a job. 99% Stupid

Sadly I can relate with my BA that got me put in jail… oh… forgot… can’t legally talk about that.


Halloween Costume by Intolerant Fox

October 31, 2011

She majored in womyn’s studies and doesn’t know why she can’t find a job. Sadly I can relate with my BA that got me put in jail. Uh oh, forgot… can’t legally talk about that.


Bill Declares Sovereignty in Judea, Samaria – Inside Israel – News – Israel National News

October 30, 2011

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Judean Hills: Israel news photo: Wikipedia

(israelnationalnews.com) Deputy Knesset Speaker MK Danny Danon (Likud) will formally propose a law Monday that would make Israel sovereign over Judea and Samaria. The proposal will be placed before the Ministerial Committee on Legislation, which will decide whether the governing coalition supports the bill. Bills that gain the Committee’s backing are usually passed into law, while those that do not usually fail to become laws.
Israel liberated the Judea and Samaria region – which has been the Jewish heartland since Biblical times – from a brief 19-year Jordanian occupation in 1967. Since then it has formally declared sovereignty over eastern Jerusalem and the Golan Heights – also liberated in the 1967 Six Day War – but Judea and Samaria continue to be administered by military governors.
The bill would place Jewish communities under Israeli law, while leaving other areas under Palestinian Authority (PA) control. PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s attempts to gain UN recognition of a state of “Palestine” creates “a historical opportunity” for Israel “to right a protracted wrong,” said Danon.
Using an arboreal metaphor, Danon said that “The tree that Abbas climbed up could produce the fruit of the Zionist endeavor.” In the US, lawmaker Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) has introduced a bill in US House of Representatives expressing congressional support for Israel’s right to annex Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria. The bill is modeled closely on Danon’s bill and has been signed by more than 40 lawmakers.

better get down from that tree Abbas! and fast. he is losing credibility


As Crime Skyrockets in NYC, Bloomberg Focuses on Gun Control … in Virginia

October 30, 2011

Hey wasn’t the Holocaust nice? would of been nice if the Jews were for gun rights… then they might of had a chance. yeah that’s right… they don’t teach this in schools because it is offensive to Mommy and Daddy Socialist Yenta Jews, but the fact is that most of us were dumb asses and thought the state would protect us.

(Jammie wearing fool) With the NYPD tied up babysitting the Wall Street “occupiers” and crime spiraling out of control, the pipsqueak mayor of New York has decided to focus on the issue most important to New Yorkers. Gun control in Virginia. Is this guy for real?

Mayor Bloomberg is crossing state lines – and opening his wallet – in his latest salvo in his war to keep guns off city streets.
Bloomberg has donated $25,000 apiece to the campaigns of six Democratic candidates for the Virginia state Senate who share his strict beliefs on gun control, officials told the Daily News Friday.
The deep-pocketed mayor, who drew the ire of the Virginia attorney general when he ran gun stings there five years ago, will travel to Old Dominion to campaign for the candidates next week, the officials said.

It might be better if Bloomberg focused on rapist control in Zuccotti Park. One Virginia resident summed it up nicely.
“He’s an arrogant bastard who shouldn’t be meddling.”

(image: Colossus of New York (1958))