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Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Trial by Mire

The U.S. Constitution guarantees every American the right to a trial by a jury of their peers.  In recent years, we’ve been following the Old World system, where an accusation was enough to condemn the accused to death.  “J’Accuse!”  Americans can hardly be blamed for harboring worried doubts in the trial by fury of presidential hopeful Herman Cain.  Four, and possibly five, women have accused Cain of sexual harassment while he was president of the National Restaurant Association.

The memories of Bill Clinton wagging his finger at the American public, crying angrily, “I did not have sex with that woman!” still linger in our minds.  John Edwards protested his innocence until DNA proved that he’d fathered a child by another woman other than his dying wife.  Clinton, darling of the media, was let off easily; he should have been thrown out of office.   The public was not so forgiving of Edwards.  If you cheat on a healthy wife who can deal with it, they’ll let you slide.  Cheat on a sick woman, and you’re history.
A troop of beautiful women came forward to accuse Clinton, while he was still a candidate.  The beauteous Jennifer Flowers was proof against the charge; a clement American public elected him away, dismissing the affair as a matter between Bill and Hilary.  The women tried to tell us, but the public wouldn’t listen.

The media is in a quandary with the charges against Herman Cain.  Which minority should they side with?  The black, but Republican, male candidate?  Or the rather long-in-the-tooth women?  The oldest charges are 14 years old.  All the women appeared to have “settled.”

Fourteen years ago, we only had a liberal media that serves as the Democrat/Progresive Propaganda Machine.  Now we have Fox News, the Drudge Report, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and others giving us the rest of the story.  According to Fox:  “A woman who settled a sexual harassment complaint against GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain in 1999 complained three years later at her next job about unfair treatment, saying she should be allowed to work from home after a serious car accident and accusing a manager of circulating a sexually charged email, The Associated Press has learned.”

“Karen Kraushaar, 55, filed the complaint while working as a spokeswoman at the Immigration and Naturalization Service in the Justice Department in late 2002 or early 2003, with the assistance of her lawyer, Joel Bennett, who also handled her earlier sexual harassment complaint against Cain in 1999.  Three former supervisors familiar with Kraushaar's complaint, which did not include a claim of sexual harassment, described it for the AP under condition of anonymity because the matter was handled internally by the agency and was not public.

“To settle the complaint at the immigration service, Kraushaar initially demanded thousands of dollars in payment, a reinstatement of leave she used after the accident earlier in 2002, promotion on the federal pay scale and a one-year fellowship to Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, according to a former supervisor familiar with the complaint. The promotion itself would have increased her annual salary between $12,000 and $16,000, according to salary tables in 2002 from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.  Kraushaar told the AP she considered her employment complaint "relatively minor" and she later dropped it.
She left her job at the National Restaurant Assn. in 1999 after she complained of harassment by Cain, who was the association's chief executive from 1996 to 1999. At the time, she received a $45,000 settlement from the restaurant group, which agreed to pay the claim without acknowledging its validity.

“’The concern was that there may have been discrimination on the job and that I was being treated unfairly," Kraushaar said.

“Kraushaar said Tuesday she did not remember details about the complaint and did not remember asking for a payment, a promotion or a Harvard fellowship. Bennett, her lawyer, declined to discuss the case with the AP, saying he considered it confidential. Kraushaar left her job at the immigration service after dropping the complaint in 2003, and she went to work at the Treasury Department.

“Details of the workplace complaint that Kraushaar made at the immigration service are relevant because they could offer insights into how she responded to conflicts at work. She now works as a spokeswoman in the office of the Treasury Department's inspector general for tax administration.

“Kraushaar's complaint was based on supervisors denying her request to work full time from home after a serious car accident in 2002, three former supervisors said. Two of them said Kraushaar also was denied previous requests to work from home before the car accident.

“The complaint also cited as objectionable an email that a manager had circulated comparing computers to women and men, a former supervisor said. The complaint claimed that the email, based on humor widely circulated on the Internet, was sexually explicit, according to the supervisor, who did not have a copy of the email. The joke circulated online lists reasons men and women were like computers, including that men were like computers because ‘in order to get their attention, you have to turn them on.’  Women were like computers because ‘even your smallest mistakes are stored in long-term memory for later retrieval.’”
That’s it; that’s Kraushaar’s “evidence” against the immigration service.  Evidently, the joke about the women was right on target; here it is years later, and we discover that her complaint was based on a joke that was more offensive to men than to women.  What’s more,

Since 2010, Kraushaar has served as a communications director at the Inspector General’s Office of the Treasury Department, making her a part of the Obama Administration.

The next accuser is Sharon Bialek, the Chicago woman who says she was groped by Cain when she met with him in 1997 to ask for help finding a job.  Cain said when he watched her news conference Monday, he did not even recognize her, and that her account of inappropriate sexual conduct “simply didn't happen.”

Bialek has been described by associates as a ladder-climber.  They’ve asserted that she’s ambitious and pushy, and was in the habit of outspending her income, when she had one.  She also received a payoff for her allegations. She’s a self-described Tea Party member, and met up with Cain at the Tea Party Con, where observers described her manner as friendly and even flirtatious, hugging Cain when she greeted him.  Cain claims he doesn’t even remember her.

The other two accusers are still anonymous, but this is the information out on the Internet about them:

Accuser 2:
•Was in her mid-30s at the time of the incident.
•Incident occurred during a night of heavy drinking after work.
•Left the National Restaurant Association in 1998.
•Received $35,000 in a settlement.
Sources: The New York Times, Politico

Accuser 3:
•Worked at the National Restaurant Association in the late 1990s.
•Made "sexually suggestive remarks or gestures" to her at that time.
•Alleged the harassment included a "private invitation" to Cain's corporate apartment.
•Did not file an official complaint.
•Has not come forward for fear of losing her current job and damage to her reputation.

Meanwhile, a more serious trial is going unheeded by the American public:  the Congressional hearings on Attorney General Eric Holder and his involvement in the Fast and Furious scandal, where the American government sold guns to the Mexican drug cartels.  Later, a border agent was murdered by a cartel member with one of those guns.

We’re being distracted by a carnival sideshow, while a real crime is in danger of being whitewashed.  But hey, it’s only about drugs, which Americans will eventually vote in favor of decriminalizing, and a dead border agent who would’ve been out of a job anyway, once illegal immigrants are granted immunity from prosecution for crossing our borders illegally.  Why, one day, there won’t be any laws to break, anyway.


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