Watercooler 8/11/16; Arkansas Rape Victim, Hillary Lied; 1/5 Republicans want Trump Dumped; Snopes Unethical Website Of The Month

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Child Rape Victim Comes Forward To Accuse Hillary  Of Smearing Her And Blocking Evidence.

We all know the theory of how our justice system is supposed to work. Two lawyers argue the case out in front of a judge with the hope in everyone’s heart that a just resolution is reached. We also know that this is more the ideal than the reality, even so the guilty are entitled to defense and someone has to defend them. That said there has to be a special place in hell for lawyers that bend the law for defendants they know are guilty, and a really special place for those that get a laugh out of it. Well we can only hope that there will be justice for Hillary. Because it’s pretty clear neither she nor her victims are going to get it here.

A child rape victim says she cannot forgive Hillary Clinton for defending her rapist in court 40 years ago, saying the Democratic presidential candidate attacked her credibility despite knowing that her assailant was guilty – and  later laughed about it in a taped interview.

Kathy Shelton was just 12 years old when a 41-year-old drifter raped her on the side of a desolate Arkansas road in 1975.

Now, four decades later, she has agreed to be named and pictured for the first time in this Daily Mail Online exclusive because she is furious that her rapist’s defense attorney – Hillary Clinton – has been portraying herself as a lifelong advocate of women and girls on the campaign trail.

No great surprise she has contradicted herself and others about the circumstances of her taking the case

On the recording, Clinton said she took the case – in which Taylor was accused of raping a 12-year-old girl after luring her into his car – as a favour to the prosecutor.

‘A prosecutor called me years ago, said that he had a guy who was accused of rape, and the guy wanted a woman lawyer,’ said Clinton. ‘Would I do it as a favour to him?’

Clinton gave a slightly different account in 2014 after the tape was published. She said she was appointed to the case and had asked the judge to remove her, but the judge ordered her to stay on. The prosecutor told CNN a similar story.

Later, Clinton said she was ordered by the court to defend Taylor, and unsuccessfully petitioned the judge to remove her from the case.

The prosecutor gave a similar account to CNN in 2014.

Whatever the circumstances, once Clinton was appointed she dove in to defend her client with characteristic vigor.

— The Daily Mail

I could see a lawyer taking the case when ordered by the court, I can see attacking the credibility of a witness (even if it was a 12 year old girl who just had her life destroyed), I could also see wanting a drink every time I recalled the case. I can’t see how anyone could laugh about it.


Nearly 1 in 5 Republicans, And 44% Of Registered Voters Think Trump Should Drop Out

Nearly one-fifth of registered Republicans want Donald Trump to drop out of the race for the White House, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday, reflecting the turmoil his candidacy has sown within his party.

Some 19 percent think the New York real estate magnate should drop out, 70 percent think he should stay in and 10 percent say they “don’t know,” according to the Aug. 5-8 poll of 396 registered Republicans. The poll has a confidence interval of six percentage points.

Among all registered voters, some 44 percent want Trump to drop out. That is based on a survey of 1,162 registered voters, with a confidence interval of 3 percentage points. That is 9 points higher than his support for the presidency in the latest Reuters/Ipsos tracking poll.

–Reuters

They can add me as one more voter that thinks he should drop.


Snopes Wins Unethical Website Of The Month

Ethics Alarms has been tracking the increasing political bias exhibited by Snopes, once the definitive “Urban Legends” web source to identify false stories on the internet, e-mails hoaxes  and other pollution of public information. The website has made the disastrous decision to wade into political topics and to hire some new social justice warriors and wanna-be Democratic Party operatives to cover them, resulting in the site becoming bad imitation of PolitiFact.

–Ethics Alarms

Better late than never, Snopes has been useless on politics since nearly day 1.


An Economics Conundrum

According to the BLS real hourly wages fell .4% in June which was revised off a reported 4.2% increase.

Nonfarm business sector productivity decreased 0.6 percent in the first 
quarter of 2016--the same as the preliminary estimate--as a small downward 
revision to output was offset by a small downward revision to hours. Due to a 
4.7-percentage point downward revision to first-quarter hourly compensation, 
unit labor costs decreased 0.2 percent in the first quarter of 2016, rather 
than increasing 4.5 percent as reported June 7. <B>Real hourly compensation 
decreased 0.4 percent after revision, rather than the previously-published 
increase of 4.2 percent.</b>
--BLS

But in the same time period employment increased

The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for May was revised from +11,000 to
+24,000, and the change for June was revised from +287,000 to +292,000. With these
revisions, employment gains in May and June combined were 18,000 more than previously
reported. Over the past 3 months, job gains have averaged 190,000 per month.
--BLS Employment situation

This gives us the interesting situation where demand for labor is increasing and price is decreasing at the same time. What does this tell us about what is happening ?


This Weeks Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Campaign Drama

I was really unhappy with my 68% score until I saw the average was 18%

Drink up That’s it for the Watercooler today. As always it’s an open thread