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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

A Gadsden woman says Roy Moore groped her while she was in his law office on legal business with her mother in 1991. Moore was married at that time. In interviews with AL.com, Tina Johnson recalls that in the fall of 1991 she sat in the law office of then-attorney Roy Moore on Third Street in Gadsden. Her mother, Mary Katherine Cofield, sat in the chair next to her. Moore sat behind his desk, across from them. Johnson remembers she was wearing a black and white dress. Almost from the moment she walked in to Moore's office, Johnson said, Moore began flirting with her. "He kept commenting on my looks, telling me how pretty I was, how nice I looked," recalled Johnson. "He was saying that my eyes were beautiful."

Johnson was 28 years old, in a difficult marriage headed toward divorce, and unemployed. She was at the office to sign over custody of her 12-year-old son to her mother, with whom he'd been living. Her mother had hired Moore to handle the custody petition. read more

On Tuesday, Roy Moore's attorney Trenton Garmon sent a demand letter to the Alabama Media Group, which runs the AL.com website, accusing the company of "defamation, libel & slander, fraud, malice, suppression, wanttonness, conspiracy, and negligence" for publishing women's sexual abuse allegations against Moore. A similar letter has reportedly also been sent to the Washington Post. The letter, which is full of both factual and grammatical errors, threatens a lawsuit, which would almost surely fail -- but it could intimidate outlets and prevent women from coming forward with accusations in the future. The threat may still serve as a media spectacle, a way for Moore to try convince voters and loyalists that he is fighting the allegations. But the letter's sloppily-made complaints arguably make Moore look even worse. read more

The whole point behind Republicans slashing the corporate tax rate is the GOP's assumption that it would spur massive capital investments, which would in turn boost the economy and create jobs. But yesterday, a room full of business leaders at CEO Council meeting send a pretty clear signal: the Republican assumptions aren't true. GOP policymakers are wrong, not just in general, but also about the key rationale behind their corporate tax policy.

President Trump's top economic adviser, Gary Cohn, looked out from the stage at a sea of CEOs and top executives in the audience Tuesday for the Wall Street Journal's CEO Council meeting. As Cohn sat comfortably onstage, a Journal editor asked the crowd to raise their hands if their company plans to invest more if the tax reform bill passes. Very few hands went up. Cohn looked surprised. "Why aren't the other hands up?" he said. (You can watch the clip here) read more

Fox News host Sean Hannity called for Roy Moore, the Republican candidate running for Alabama's open Senate seat, to withdraw from the race if he cannot clear up allegations that he sexually abused teenage girls when he was in his 30s. The change in Hannity's tune comes after several companies pulled their advertisements from his Fox News program and radio show over his coverage of the allegations of four women published in The Washington Post last week. On Sunday, a fifth woman came forward to say Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 16 and he was in his 30s. ″For me, the judge has 24 hours," Hannity said Tuesday night. "He must immediately and fully come up with a satisfactory explanation for your inconsistencies that I just showed. You must remove any doubt. If he can't do that, then Judge Moore needs to get out of this race." Moore has denied the women's allegations and has vowed to stay in the race, which will send Alabama voters to the polls Dec. 12.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

New Yorker: This past weekend, I spoke or messaged with more than a dozen people -- including a major political figure in the state -- who told me that they had heard, over the years, that [Roy] Moore had been banned from the [Gadsden] mall because he repeatedly badgered teen-age girls. Some say that they heard this at the time, others in the years since. These people include five members of the local legal community, two cops who worked in the town, several people who hung out at the mall in the early eighties, and a number of former mall employees. read more


Cbob is saying the only things that should matter in the present. Clinton's allegations were first made 20+ years ago when he was relevant politically. As far as I know there have been no others lodged since the Lewinsky affair, correct? Roy Moore's initial allegations are being lodged today at a time when he too is politically relevant. I would hope that in these last 20 years we've evolved somewhat as a society and learned from the mistakes that were made in defense of Clinton.

So, Moore should never be compared to Clinton because the public's knowledge and awareness of the predation innate to sexual harassment and assault is wholly different than it was in Clinton's time. We don't blame victims who visibly have nothing to gain from their confessions because we should understand how difficult it's historically been for the average woman to accuse a famous, powerful man and be believed. As we know from Clinton, the woman will instead be castigated as a liar or deviant for having sullied the perpetrator's character. It's 20 years later and what Clinton may have gotten away with then is all the reason we need to stop mentioning him and putting light on his transgressions when the predator dejure tries to play the same tunes today that everyone admits were bad notes back then.

If you want to bring up Bill Clinton, then bring him up as the example not to follow as it regards the lying and victim-shaming Roy Moore and his attack dogs are trying to get away with. And Clinton was never accused of illicit acts involving teenagers nor any woman younger than the state's age of consent as a 30+ year old adult. Those are the pertinent lessons regarding the legacy of Bill Clinton that are the most relevant in this moment.

One of the first claims in the letter is that it's "untrue" that a "fifth woman" has accused Moore of "sexual misconduct or assault." As the letter later explains, "only two [2] women have made accusations of sexual misconduct." In other words, the allegations made by the other girls are incomparable, because they were of-age and consented.

The letter claims AL.com inaccurately reported on Moore's income from the Foundation for Moral Law he and his wife run, as well as travel expenses and accommodations, including his use of a private jet. As DeepStateNation points out, it was again the Washington Post that reported on the Foundation's finances with extensive documentation to support it, and the private jet claim was made in an ad produced by a super PAC that supported Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL), Moore's opponent in the primary.

Rebutting the allegations made by Moore's most recent accuser, Beverly Young Nelson, the letter claims that the signature she has in her high school yearbook from Moore was not, in fact, his. Garmon claims his law firm has a handwriting expert who will confirm the yearbook signature is not consistent with Moore's handwriting or vernacular. It is unclear that the expert has actually had the opportunity to examine the original yearbook, as opposed to just a photocopy.

The letter also objects to reporting about Moore's behavior at the Gadsden Mall, including that he was "banned" or placed on a watch list, that he had a "general reputation of ‘predatory behavior,'" or that he "badgered teens and had a general bad reputation." Those claims largely derive from a New Yorker article, wherein more than a dozen people spoke to the publication about Moore's reputation. The claim that he may have been banned from the mall (and the YMCA) was first reported by Alabama journalist Glynn Wilson. Gadsden residents further substantiated Moore's "penchant for flirting with teen girls" in interviews with AL.com and other local outlets.

Many, but not all, of these sources went on the record by name. Teresa Jones, who served as a deputy district attorney for Etowah County at the time -- and was thus a coworker of Moore's -- even told CNN that it was "common knowledge" that he pursued teenage girls.

The letter claims that all of this reporting is "careless and/or malicious" and the accounts are "untrue" and "due to be recanted." It provides no evidence or substantiation to rebut these many accounts.

Incredible.... You just can't write idiocy like this as fiction because no one would believe it, yet here we are. It appears to be an unveiled attempt to intimidate any other women from going public with their own Roy Moore incidents from years ago. Hopefully, it has the complete opposite effect and opens more floodgates so his victims can unbear themselves from his victimhood.

Don't know if I'm pulling the curtain on Hans' OZ but here's your Wayback Machine link Righto.


Look at the timeline at the top of the page and choose the date you want to see. Wild, isn't it?

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