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Armed deputy at Fla. school waited outside building during shooting, never went in, sheriff says

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Run after someone with an assault rifle? I don’t know that I would have been all that eager:

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said during a Thursday news conference that the officer waited outside the building for about four minutes without ever going in. Authorities say 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz fatally shot 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Feb. 14.

The sheriff says the deputy responded to the building where the shooting took place, took up a position outside a door and never went in.


Student sexual assaults covered up as hazing incidents across the country

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A shocking study conducted by the Associated Press (AP) reveals that many incidents of sports hazing and bullying reported by school districts are actually cases of student-on-student sexual assault.

Even more alarming, is that the incidents become so “normalized” that players who were once the victims of violent sexual assault often become the attacker the year after they were attacked.

And despite many coaches claiming they did not know these attacks were occurring, the AP investigation discovered many cases where coaches not only knew the assaults were happening, but tried to cover these incidents up.

The AP looked at state education records and federal crime data, examining approximately 17,000 reports of sexual assaults by students over a four-year period. The official reports covered students in grades K-12.

Although the majority of cases involved high school students, there were cases that involved middle school students. In the majority of incidents, the majority of aggressors were male students.

Some of the cases the AP discovered include:

  • A football player in Idaho hospitalized with rectal injuries after he was sodomized with a coat hanger;
  • A teen from North Carolina suffered rectal injury after jabbed with a broomstick through his clothes;
  • Multiple sexual assaults by a Georgia baseball team on its own rookie players; and
  • A Vermont athlete was sodomized by his teammates with a broom and later committed suicide.

In case after case after case, the AP discovered that coaches either ignored the behaviors, ignored the pleas of help from victims, and often covered up and destroyed evidence of the assaults. Many times, it was hospital personnel who reported the crime when the victim was brought to emergency rooms for medical treatment, not the coaches.

Experts say that the major issue in why these assaults continue is the culture that surrounds team sports and many of these incidents are shrugged off as “jock behavior” by society. Compounding the issue for victims is that if they do speak up about being assaulted, they risk losing their place on the team and sport that they have likely worked so hard to obtain a spot on.

In a discussion about the AP’s report, Attorney Goldstein said, “This is outrageous that our children are being victimized and assaulted while school districts and coaches look the other way or cover up these crimes. They should be held as criminally responsible as the offenders are.”


Another allegation: Woman says Al Franken grabbed her butt

If we got rid of every member of Congress who grabs women, we won’t have any left. I don’t know how he recovers from this allegation, especially since he was already a senator when it happened:

A woman says Sen. Al Franken inappropriately touched her in 2010, telling CNN that he grabbed her buttocks while taking a photo at the Minnesota State Fair.

It is the first allegation of improper touching by Franken, who is a Democrat, while he was in office. It comes just days after Leeann Tweeden, a local radio news anchor in California, said that Franken forcibly kissed and groped her in 2006, when Franken was a comedian.
Franken has since issued an apology to Tweeden and faces a potential investigation by the Senate Ethics Committee.

Lindsay Menz, a 33-year-old woman who now lives in Frisco, Texas, reached out to CNN on Thursday hours after Tweeden made her story public. Menz said she wanted to share an “uncomfortable” interaction that left her feeling “gross.”

According to Menz, she attended the Minnesota State Fair with her husband and father in the summer of 2010, almost two years after Franken was elected to the Senate. Her father’s small business was sponsoring a local radio booth, and she spent the day meeting various elected officials, political candidates and celebrities and taking photos with them as they stopped by the booth.

When Franken walked in, Menz and her husband, who also spoke with CNN, said they recognized him right away. Menz said she had a brief and cordial exchange with the senator.
Then, as her husband held up her phone and got ready to snap a photo of the two of them, Franken “pulled me in really close, like awkward close, and as my husband took the picture, he put his hand full-fledged on my rear,” Menz said. “It was wrapped tightly around my butt cheek.”

“It wasn’t around my waist. It wasn’t around my hip or side. It was definitely on my butt,” she said, recalling that the brazen act lasted three or four seconds. “I was like, oh my God, what’s happening.”

“He reached around her and kind of pulled her into him,” said her husband Jeremy Menz, who didn’t see what happened behind his wife. “He pulled her in and pushed his head against her head. It was over pretty quick.”

Lindsay Menz told CNN that she walked away as soon as the photo was taken, without saying anything to the then-first term senator. When she reconnected with her husband moments later, she told him: “He totally grabbed my butt.” Jeremy Menz described that conversation the same way to CNN.

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Los Angeles TV host alleges Sen. Al Franken kissed and groped her without her consent

So we should kick Al Franken out of the Senate for something he did years ago, but not the asshole in the White House who was accused of raping a 13-year-old?

I wish Dems weren’t always so quick to throw our own overboard to prove how virtuous we are. But at this point, it looks like he’s a goner.

Oh look, more girls Moore stalked

I watched the crazy press conference Roy Moore’s lawyers held last night to blow up some smoke and obfuscate the facts. About ten minutes after the whole show ended, I saw this:

At one point during the meeting, she said, Moore came around the desk and sat on the front of it, just inches from her. He was so close, she said, she could smell his breath.

According to Johnson, he asked questions about her young daughters, including what color eyes they had and if they were as pretty as she was. She said that made her feel uncomfortable, too.

Once the papers were signed, she and her mother got up to leave. After her mother walked through the door first, she said, Moore came up behind her.

It was at that point, she recalled, he grabbed her buttocks.

“He didn’t pinch it; he grabbed it,” said Johnson. She was so surprised she didn’t say anything. She didn’t tell her mother.

She said she told her sister years later how Moore had made her feel uncomfortable during that meeting. Her sister told she remembers the conversation.

And then, the Washington Post released this story about two of the girls he stalked at the local mall:

A few days later, she says, she was in trigonometry class at Gadsden High when she was summoned to the principal’s office over the intercom in her classroom. She had a phone call.

“I said ‘Hello?’” Richardson recalls. “And the male on the other line said, ‘Gena, this is Roy Moore.’ I was like, ‘What?!’ He said, ‘What are you doing?’ I said, ‘I’m in trig class.’ ”

Richardson says Moore asked her out again on the call. A few days later, after he asked her out at Sears, she relented and agreed, feeling both nervous and flattered. They met that night at a movie theater in the mall after she got off work, a date that ended with Moore driving her to her car in a dark parking lot behind Sears and giving her what she called an unwanted, “forceful” kiss that left her scared.

“I never wanted to see him again,” says Richardson, who is now 58 and a community college teacher living in Birmingham. She describes herself as a moderate Republican and says she didn’t vote in the 2016 general election or in this year’s Republican Senate primary in Alabama.

Moore’s campaign did not directly address the new allegations. In a statement, a campaign spokesman cast the growing number of allegations against Moore as politically motivated.

“If you are a liberal and hate Judge Moore, apparently he groped you,” the statement said. “If you are a conservative and love Judge Moore, you know these allegations are a political farce.”

Richardson, whose account was corroborated by classmate and Sears co-worker Kayla McLaughlin, is among four women who say Moore pursued them when they were teenagers or young women working at the mall — from Sears at one end to the Pizitz department store at the other. Richardson and Becky Gray, the woman who complained to her manager, have not previously spoken publicly. The accounts of the other two women — Wendy Miller and Gloria Thacker Deason — have previously been reported by The Washington Post.

Phyllis Smith, who was 18 when she began working at Brooks, a clothing store geared toward young women, said teenage girls counseled each other to “just make yourself scarce when Roy’s in here, he’s just here to bother you, don’t pay attention to him and he’ll go away.’ ”

Bannon’s hero

So Roy Moore was Frank Burns:

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