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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 06:56 AM
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So the maid was told to clean a room that was
supposedly unoccupied. Was this a set up?


Serious question - why is he in solitary confinement?
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QED Donating Member (253 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 06:58 AM
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1. He's probably in solitary so he won't have to interact with the
general jail population. Was Bernie Madoff in solitary? Don't want to mix the classes.
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sharp_stick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 08:27 AM
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24. No, you don't put
someone accused of rape into general population unless you want to find a corpse on the next walkthrough.
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Hannah Bell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 12:36 PM
Response to Reply #24
76. uh, wrong.
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sharp_stick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 12:38 PM
Response to Reply #76
77. Nuh uh, am not.... you are.
Edited on Wed May-18-11 12:39 PM by sharp_stick
I could do this all day. It's a lot more fun than actually posting anything with content.
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Hannah Bell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 01:01 PM
Response to Reply #77
85. the story about inmates attacking others is about *child* rapists, not rapists.
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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 07:00 AM
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2. How would they know he would come out of his room and attack her?
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Fumesucker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 07:13 AM
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4. I kind of gather he has a history of this sort of thing..
The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior.
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 08:15 AM
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20. But the VIP code protects perpetrators as long as they toe all the other lines.
If they don't, like Spitzer, the protection goes away and exposure "happens."

So we have the possibility that he is a rapist, just not this time. Or they knew he could not resist and set this up somehow, knowing his schedule and pressure points, or he did it, as usual, and the apparatus to protect him simply sat on its hands. Or...who knows.

Rape is common. Exposure of a man at his level? Damned strange.

The maid is, I heard, a single mother? She isn't just an easy target for rape. She could also be an easy target for bribery and conspiracy.

It could be as simple as it looks. Or not.
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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 08:28 AM
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26. Why did DSK's people first try the alibi strategy then?


Why didn't they go straight to the "it was consensual" defense? At first they pretended it couldn't have happened at all -- then they appear to have acknowledged that something happened, but it was consensual. This doesn't make sense . . . if DSK was really innocent.
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Fumesucker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 08:36 AM
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32. He isn't innocent in this scenario either.
My guess is that he and his people were shocked that the assault/rape was even reported, much less that he was arrested.

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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 08:40 AM
Response to Reply #32
34. He had probably gotten too complacent from decades of getting
away with this in France and elsewhere - you're right, that makes sense.
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 10:26 AM
Response to Reply #32
50. That makes a lot of sense. nt
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PatSeg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 12:04 PM
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72. Being his alleged victim was an immigrant,
he probably assumed she wouldn't report the assault. It is very possible that is how he has chosen victims in the past, go for a frightened, lower class woman who won't file charges. Of course, that is assuming he thinks at all.
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 10:06 AM
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49. I ain't saying he was innocent.
He can be BOTH set up and guilty. It doesn't have to be either/or.
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Matariki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 10:59 AM
Response to Reply #49
56. In which case, who cares?
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Eddie Haskell Donating Member (817 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 12:29 PM
Response to Reply #56
73. It matters
Edited on Wed May-18-11 01:07 PM by Eddie Haskell
because ... a women makes an accusation ... then goes into seclusion ... the man is held w/o bail in a foreign country ... he's held in solitary confinement ... his reputation is ruined by a lynch-mob press ... hes asked to resign his position ... and regardless of what you think you know, none of the accusations have been proven.

I assume we agree on the presumption of innocence and the right to a fair trial regardless of the crime. These charges rest on the basis of a single victim, therefore it is incumbent upon the courts to treat this case with the utmost of care. This man is not a terrorist. He poses no threat to the general public. He may be a devil, but he is not The Devil. From a Man for all Seasons:

William Roper: So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law!
Sir Thomas More: Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?
William Roper: Yes, I'd cut down every law in England to do that!
Sir Thomas More: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned 'round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man's laws, not God's! And if you cut them down, and you're just the man to do it, do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake!

It matters for our own safety's sake!
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Yo_Mama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 02:03 PM
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98. Forcible rape charges do constitute a threat to the general public
That portion of the general public that has vaginas, that is. I don't know how much more "general public" you can get than members of the housekeeping staff.

It's remarkable how lightly so many regard this. He is charged with rather serious, sustained and forcible sexual assault. DNA evidence is being processed - this is not just a "he said, she said" type of thing.

Yes, he deserves a fair trial, this is just an accusation, and that can't happen until the evidence is processed, for one thing.

I am sure he will eventually get bail. The guy was arrested on a plane that was due to fly out of the country. If he ever gets out of the country, he won't be extradited back.

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coalition_unwilling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 03:01 PM
Response to Reply #73
129. Now that OBL has been extra-judicially executed, I say we
dispense with such niceties as 'presumption of innocence,' and just sic SEAL Team 6 on his ass.

Some people just need killin'

:sarcasm:
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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 04:53 PM
Response to Reply #73
150. They got him off the plane, as he was about to depart to a country,
France, with whom we have no extradition treaty -- and who has been harboring a convicted child rapist, Roman Polanki, for decades.

Can you blame the judge and prosecutors for proceeding cautiously? Supposedly there are negotiations still underway to assure, if he's let out on bail, that he remains in the country.
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-19-11 09:50 AM
Response to Reply #73
165. They don't get the relation to our safety at all.
A man with ten thousand other ways to get his dick diddled destroyed himself and his life's work instead. Now, he wouldn't be the first. But the ones we know about, like Spitzer, Clinton,...well, aside from their sex being consentual, we KNOW there was conspiracy involved.

Why would it matter who was out to get him if they got him? After all, he's a rapist very like Roman Polanski considering the anal accusation.

If he did it without any conspiracy to ruin him whatsoever, I'm still curious as to why, at that moment, he was utterly without self control. A blanket "hubris" MAY be the answer, but it's a kind of sloppy one size fits all and just too lazy a thought process for me.

If ANY conspiracy was involved, that's a frontal assault on all our freedoms. Bill Clinton was an elected president with a record so squeaky clean that ALL they could get him on was nine blow jobs from an intern. Spitzer...all they had was him using his own money to hire prostitutes. Spitzer was speaking out against the very wealthy Thieves of Wall Street.

So, it seems was this guy.

We already know how the Thieves of Wall Street work their magic. Why would a frame be beyond them? They know he's vulnerable on sex. But PAID consensual sex ain't rape. So why did he switch from one to the other?

A single mother working as a maid while living in HIV housing is a very vulnerable woman. Please tell me why she didn't scream "I'M HIV POSITIVE!" at him as soon as he touched her? (Whether it was true or not.)



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sabrina 1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 05:00 PM
Response to Reply #26
154.  This is just speculation. His lawyers have not
said what the defense will be, only that it will not be consistent with what is charged. That seems logical.

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yardwork Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 09:15 AM
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44. Your subject line says it all.
We don't know if he's guilty or not, but we do know that no apparatus to protect him was mobilized, and we know that said apparatus is usually working to protect powerful men. That alone is very interesting.

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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 08:24 AM
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23. So they would know that no woman would be safe around him?
What would that tell us?
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Fumesucker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 08:31 AM
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29. Exactly..
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Yo_Mama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 05:26 PM
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161. Guilty as charged?
All conspiracy theories have to hang on the idea that the maid seduced him and then claimed rape - because she was paid to do so.

But if there is as much physical evidence as has been claimed, that doesn't seem even remotely likely. The "I thought my $3,000 room came with rough oral sex" defense won't fly if they are both marked up.

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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 07:01 AM
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3. he's in solitary because mixing with the gp on Rikers presents to great a danger to him.
And why do you think it's a set up?
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 07:18 AM
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6. I asked a question
Truthfully the IMF has been raping developing countries for so long that I'm enjoying watching one of the top dogs frighten the rest of the political elite and diplomats into controlling their depraved urges for a few weeks. More than a few rapists and pedophiles have been getting away with a lot of shit in developing countries.
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izquierdista Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 08:21 AM
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21. What you fail to realize...
Is that the "perp" has been trying to shake the IMF out of its rape developing countries pattern. Now THERE is a motive for a possible setup. It appears to me as if it is the top dogs that are doing frightening, to show what happens to one who has sympathies with the proles.

It could be as simple as it looks. Or not.
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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 08:39 AM
Response to Reply #21
33. And what about the other women who says he did the same to them?
Edited on Wed May-18-11 08:39 AM by pnwmom
One of whom being the daughter of a close ally of his? Are they all a part of this "set-up"?
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Eddie Haskell Donating Member (817 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 12:35 PM
Response to Reply #33
75. Circumstantial evidence
that the man is a flirt ... burn him.
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Goblinmonger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 02:09 PM
Response to Reply #75
105. "Flirt"? Interesting word choice.
And you can convict someone on circumstantial evidence. I love how people use that term to make it seem like it means "bad" evidence.
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 02:30 PM
Response to Reply #75
116. "FLIRT"? Ah, no, he admits to being way more than a flirt.
Even your namesake wouldn't have tried that shit for a defense of the dirty old fart.
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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 04:55 PM
Response to Reply #75
151. You're not serious, are you? Banon alleges an actual rape attempt.
She says she had to fight him off. And at least two other women describe similar events.
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-19-11 11:20 AM
Response to Reply #75
168. ya, that, a giggle. what allows the man to assault women is this attitude it is mere flirting
and hey, lets call assault on women merely groping like with arnie.

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Bluzmann57 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 07:14 AM
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5. "Was this a setup"?
I don't know and neither does anyone else in here. If he is guilty, he should go to prison like any other rapist. And he is in solitary so he doesn't get attacked by any other inmates.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 07:19 AM
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7. I agree n/t
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Arkansas Granny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 07:34 AM
Response to Reply #5
13. I agree, also.
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AndiMer Donating Member (164 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 07:21 AM
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8. It was rape
Plain & simple. No excuses.
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Fumesucker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 07:24 AM
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9. I believe it was rape too, he has a history of similar incidents apparently.
But I'm not totally closed to speculation that he was set up in some way, the very fact he has a history makes that a vulnerability and he has made some very powerful enemies.



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AndiMer Donating Member (164 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 07:35 AM
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16. "Set up"?
So they forced him to force himself on the maid? Huh???
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Fumesucker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 07:45 AM
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17. Rather like a sting, you put someone in a situation where you know they may well act badly..
The idea of a sting is that you provide an opportunity to the suspect to engage in illegal behavior, it's not force but rather temptation.

I don't think it's particularly likely in this case but I wouldn't totally rule it out either.

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Matariki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 01:54 PM
Response to Reply #17
95. What - like every time he's alone with a woman?
Every time he goes to a hotel and a woman comes in to make up his room?

Some set up.
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leftynyc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 07:32 AM
Response to Reply #8
12. I remember people here
saying the same about the Duke boys. I'm content to wait and see what shakes out.
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Fumesucker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 07:46 AM
Response to Reply #12
18. I think he did it but I also remember the Duke case so I'm retaining a bit of skepticism..
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WinkyDink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 08:30 AM
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27. "The Duke case" was the exception.
Edited on Wed May-18-11 08:36 AM by WinkyDink
I remember Kobe Bryant, Roman Polanski, and Mike Tyson.
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Fumesucker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 08:46 AM
Response to Reply #27
35. The DU "hang 'em high" brigade got smoked big time on the Duke case..
The fact is that some small percentage of rape accusations are indeed false, this guy has a history so I suspect he's guilty but I'm not absolutely convinced at this time, I'm going to wait and see how this shakes out before I call for his castration without anesthesia.
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WinkyDink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 08:51 AM
Response to Reply #35
37. Yes, your hyperbole is better than others'.
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coalition_unwilling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 03:08 PM
Response to Reply #27
131. Remember Al Sharpton and Tawana Brawley? - n/t
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Hannah Bell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-20-11 05:20 PM
Response to Reply #27
169. hardly.
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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 08:31 AM
Response to Reply #12
28. One major difference between this case and the Duke students, of course,
Edited on Wed May-18-11 08:37 AM by pnwmom
is that none of those students had a history of attempted rape, while DSK has at least two or three other women saying he tried to force himself on them. One of those woman was the daughter of a close ally of his, who didn't press charges because her mother convinced her not to. She seems awfully credible to me.
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Fumesucker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 08:49 AM
Response to Reply #28
36. An entirely hypothetical question:
If this was really a setup/sting (I don't think it is) and the woman went in to his room as knowing bait, is it really rape in this particular incidence?

Not trying to trick you or anything, honestly interested in your opinion.
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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 09:08 AM
Response to Reply #36
40. You mean, if she went into his room as "knowing bait"
and resisted his actions and told him no, was it still attempted rape and forcible assault, etc.?

Yes. She didn't cause him to attack her merely by her presence in the room -- no matter what he might think.

(Assuming, of course, that he did attack her.)
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 10:31 AM
Response to Reply #36
51. If she knew, I suppose so. But I also could see this scenario
Edited on Wed May-18-11 10:33 AM by blondeatlast
being a sting even WITHOUT her cooperation or knowledge simply because he is known to have done it before. And even if it was a sting--there's no excuse for his behavior, he took the bait hook, line, and sinker. Too bad, so sad.

Personally, I think the guy is just a dirty old man who got away with it before but I don't discount SOME degree of set-up entirely.
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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 04:57 PM
Response to Reply #51
152. Right. Even if it was "entrapment" -- which I seriously doubt
at this point - if he pounced, he pounced.

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Maru Kitteh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 10:47 AM
Response to Reply #36
54. Still blaming the victim. If a gay Jewish black person walks into a KKK rally and is attacked
their attacker is still just as guilty of assault. While many would question the wisdom of such an act, nobody would doubt the guilt of the attackers and yet for women we make different rules. Somehow, it's STILL acceptable to blame women, blame conspiracies, blame ANYTHING but the men who rape.

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MicaelS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 01:57 PM
Response to Reply #36
96. Of course it's rape...
The man didn't HAVE to stick his penis, or try to stick his penis, into the woman's body.

How is this case any different from a police decoy acting drunk and flashing a bunch of cash or gold, and then someone tries to rob him / her? Does that somehow NOT make it robbery?

Just because something or someone is set up as bait, doesn't mean a person has to try and steal, or commit assault.
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leftynyc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 11:19 AM
Response to Reply #28
65. I have no idea who
is credible and who isn't in this - I don't know any of the players personally. It looks like he's a pig and a rapist but it looked like the Duke boys were also.

You know what I don't understand? I saw that France was quite vocally unhappy with the "perp walk" he was subject to but today they are plastering the woman's picture and name all over the papers. WTF is up with that?
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 01:42 PM
Response to Reply #65
94. Standard Operating Hypocrisy. the French are no less guilty than are we. nt
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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 04:45 PM
Response to Reply #65
146. "WTF is up with that?" Apparently that's almost standard operating procedure
in France. In situations like this, the sympathy tends to go toward the "virile" man.

But with regard to the Duke case, there was nothing in any of those boys' background to suggest that they would be rapists - but plenty in this man's. The reason I think Banon is credible is because her mother is a close political associate and was a friend of DSK's -- and talked her daughter out of pressing charges. Now she says she regrets that.
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leftynyc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-19-11 04:00 AM
Response to Reply #146
164. Looks bad, no doubt
He's a sleaze whether he did this or not (with a very tolerant wife, apparently). Like I said before, I'm going to wait and see what kind of evidence they have.

I think France has their sympathy completely backwards but whatever. I saw on the news that close to 60% of their population believes he was set up - that's a big number.
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Eddie Haskell Donating Member (817 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 12:39 PM
Response to Reply #12
78. Were the Duke's given bail?
Were they held in solitary? Until he's proven guilty, he deserves to recieve equal treatment under the law.
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leftynyc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 01:01 PM
Response to Reply #78
84. Don't remember and don't care
This guy had to be pulled off an airplane to make sure he didn't flee. Bail isn't punishment, it's to make sure the person shows up for trial. This person obviously has the means to disappear.

People accused of rape are often put in solitary (as are people on suicide watch). In Rikers, it's for their own protection. Believe me when I say he wouldn't be safe in the general population.
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jberryhill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 02:03 PM
Response to Reply #78
99. Flight risk, sorry

The law is being applied equally.

This is a person who was apprehended while leaving the country, is a resident of a country with whom we do not have an extradition agreement, and has no motivation to return to this country for trial.

None of those factors were present in the Duke case.

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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 04:49 PM
Response to Reply #78
149. He's a flight risk, and we have no extradition treaty with France.
Which is why Roman Polanksi, who fed a 13 year old girl downers and raped her, was able to flee to France and never return. (He was convicted and sentenced in abstentia, and he's still regarded as a hero in France, where his crime was considered to be unimportant.)

OTOH, I've read speculation that some sort of bail arrangements will be worked out in this case.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 07:34 AM
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15. Trying to understand what happened is not making excuses. n/t
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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 07:30 AM
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10. Very good question
Most people never see the maids.
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leftynyc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 07:31 AM
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11. He's on a suicide watch
I don't know for sure but I think solitary would be the safest place for someone who may try and kill him/herself. As for the timing of her cleaning the room - maybe he was past the check out time she went in? That part may be perfectly innocent.
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laundry_queen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 11:23 AM
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66. I used to work in housekeeping
we OFTEN went into rooms that weren't yet vacated. Mostly by accident. Sometimes we knew it wasn't check out time yet, and it wasn't marked as a check out on a sheet, but if it appeared to be an empty room, we'd knock. If there was no answer we'd go in (this usually only happened if we were finished cleaning all the confirmed check outs, otherwise we sat around twiddling thumbs until more check outs happened and then had to work late..). Sometimes there was still someone there. This used to happen at least once a shift. Very common.
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 07:34 AM
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14. like he wants to be amongst the population. and the population would probably
not embrace him. so i would say solitary is as much for him as suicide watch would be
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FSogol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 07:57 AM
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19. Unrec. Why do people want to defend this clown? n/t
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blindpig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 08:33 AM
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30. It is a false dichotomy

The French socialist party is associated with the left but in truth is not much more 'left' than the Democratic party these days. It collaborates with capitalists freely. How else could one of their hot shots be head of that most capitalist of institutions, the IMF?

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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 08:54 AM
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38. You are 100% correct
:fistbump:
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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 09:15 AM
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43. The Democratic Party is a capitalist party.
Where did you get the idea it's not?
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Jackpine Radical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 10:38 AM
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53. Where did she say it's not?
Edited on Wed May-18-11 10:39 AM by Jackpine Radical
She's just saying that the French "Socialists" are also on pretty cozy terms with the Capitalist Pigs.

Edited to correct gender reference
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blindpig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 11:05 AM
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58. Ya better edit that gender again.

:D
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Jackpine Radical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 11:49 AM
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67. I got confused & thought I was replying to Malaise.
D'Oh.
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Ohio Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 08:22 AM
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22. Set up? No
There is zero to indicate this is a set up and I am really disturbed by the number of people that are looking for any excuse for this POS.
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WinkyDink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 08:27 AM
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25. A set-up? You mean she spat out his semen because SHE SET THE POOR NAIF UP???
Edited on Wed May-18-11 08:31 AM by WinkyDink
Once upon a time........

This guy needs the name of Kobe Bryant's jewelller.
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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 08:35 AM
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31. Why? He was leaving the IMF, so it wouldn't be in connection with that.
And he wasn't yet a candidate for President -- he would have had to get through a primary election first. If it was Sarkozy's people, as some speculate, why wouldn't they have waited till DSK had actually won the primary?

It seems extremely far-fetched.
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yardwork Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 09:17 AM
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45. Not according to many French people I know. He was a likely shoe-in as president.
This was the Socialist Party's best chance to regain the presidency. Now that opportunity is gone, and it's entirely possible that a Sarah Palin type will be elected.
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BobbyBoring Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 11:56 AM
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69. You mean Marine Le Pen?
I see her finger prints all over this!
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yardwork Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 02:20 PM
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110. Yep.
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ecstatic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 08:56 AM
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39. It doesn't work like that. The maid knocks and comes in
if you don't answer or don't have the Do not disturb sign on the door.
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pipi_k Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 09:11 AM
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41. I understand what you're saying here, I think...
about it being a set-up.

Like someone else said, sort of like a sting operation where the cops leave a bicycle out on the sidewalk and wait for a thief to come by and steal it.

Temptation. It's likely not going to work on people who don't have a propensity for thievery.

So yeah, I can see where it might seem like sending a maid in to clean a room that's supposed to be empty might look like a "set up". But then I have to take that further and wonder...if it really was a set up, why wouldn't the people behind it have cameras or recording equipment set up to catch actual proof?

Like the Marion Barry sting.

Then there wouldn't be any of this speculation.

So I'm thinking that it probably was a mistake or misunderstanding that had the maid going into that room to clean it at that time.

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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 09:14 AM
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42. How do you know she was "told to clean that room?"
If there isn't a privacy thing on the door, then the maid will try to clean the room. Why wasn't the door locked? Did DSK setup the maid?

Either way, what do you do if a maid walks in your hotel room? Ask/Tell her to leave or rape her?
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 11:58 AM
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70. Heard it on M$NBComcast
this morning
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riverwalker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 09:26 AM
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46.  problem with the "set up" scenario
the fact that he attempted anal penetration and failed, attempted oral and failed, attempted vaginal penetration and failed, means she fought like HELL.
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pipi_k Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 09:36 AM
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47. I think that even a police sting
involving female undercover agents sent out as hookers to pick up "johns" would have the same end result, though...

They're sent out to set these guys up, but the backups always show up in time. If, for some reason, they didn't show up, I don't think the female cops would go through with the transaction or allow themselves to be raped. They would fight like hell.

So fighting like hell wouldn't necessarily mean that it couldn't have been a sting (or "setup"). I might be wrong, but it would seem to me that the whole problem with it being a setup scenario is that there were no witnesses. I mean if they really wanted this guy's ass. Get the proof and he'd be dead meat.

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Arctic Dave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 09:50 AM
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48. Could have been.
Let's see, we have aguy who wants to stop the way they IMF does business. He was also a front runner for the Presidential election in France. Their are two reasons for people not to like him.
How to bring him down? Well, we know he has a history of bad judgement so setting him up should be fairly easy. People will accused before fact are out and the press will go wild for a sex scandal.
The accuser seems to have an unfortunate motive to help out too. Single mother suffering from HIV.

OF course this is all just stuff I made up on the fly but it does sound like the premise for a detective novel. I'm sure this will be a mini episode on one of the "ripped from the headlines" TV shows.
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 10:34 AM
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52. HIV? Do you have a source for that? nt
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Union Scribe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 10:55 AM
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55. Circumstantial, but here
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 11:07 AM
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59. The NY Post? Even FAUX News has more cred in my POV. nt
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Union Scribe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 11:12 AM
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61. Keep in mind I'm just the messenger.
Edited on Wed May-18-11 11:13 AM by Union Scribe
Saw it in LBN then happened upon this subthread. I don't necessarily buy anything.
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 11:19 AM
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64. Understood. No harm, no foul. nt
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 11:11 AM
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60. Ah let the smearing of the victim continue
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Eddie Haskell Donating Member (817 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 12:50 PM
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81. The victim's rights don't abridge those of the defendant.
This country's laws are there to protect us all ... guilty or not.
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 01:08 PM
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87. Seems to me that publicizing this "fact", true or night,
violates both the accuser and the accused rights.

It sure as hell is smearing to the non-charged.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 03:12 PM
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133. Yes but smearing the victim, especially in rape cases, is an
old well respected tradition. It has a legal name, you might want to look it up. She has rights too... not just the defendant.
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Arctic Dave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 02:42 PM
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121. I have been informed that the media once again is talking out their ass.
I guess the tabloid of this wasn't enough and they had to make shit up I guess.
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Mass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 12:01 PM
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71. The HIV thing was denied by her lawyer this morning.
Another sign that, on this story, the media are ready to report even when they dont know.
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 01:09 PM
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88. Nothing surprising from the lazy, corrupt press. nt
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Goblinmonger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 02:12 PM
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106. Or he could just be a fucking rapist
who happens to want to stop the way IMF does business and be a front runner for President. People in powerful positions are shitbags, too, you know.
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Arctic Dave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 02:39 PM
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119. Could be, but neither you or I were there.
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Nye Bevan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 11:05 AM
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57. If you've never accidentally encountered a hotel maid
then you haven't stayed in many hotels.

The trick is, to

1. Say "sorry could you come back later", NOT

2. Chase her down the hallway, grab her, and forcibly insert your penis in her mouth.

Just one of those little etiquette tips.
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lapislzi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 12:34 PM
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74. +1
I've been a hotel chambermaid. You go where you're sent. Presumably, you've been told by your supervisor that the room is unoccupied. You knock lightly on the door. If no answer, and it's near or past the check-out time, you let yourself in. I've walked in on people who were in the shower or asleep (and one memorable occasion...oh, never mind. Don't know which of us was the more embarrassed). Then you apologize, quietly back out, and close the door.

I've also had over-eager (or more likely, overworked) maids knock on my door at 9:00 in the morning as I'm packing up my stuff for the 11:00 check out. I politely asked them to come back later.

There is nothing odd or unusual about this, except the part about the sexual assault. And even that, sadly, is not terribly uncommon. I've had my share of suggestive remarks and butt pinches by hotel guests, and I'm no raving beauty.

Servants are looked upon by the powerful as the lowest of the low, and always have been.
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Goblinmonger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 02:14 PM
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107. Let me write that down
apparently by the tone of a lot of posts on this issue, this is something easily forgotten and is excusable.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 02:56 PM
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125. My first job in life was in the airline industry
and given my profession I stay in lots of hotels for conferences.
I have always used the Do Not Disturb option.
I suspect I have stayed in more hotel rooms than the average person.
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Nye Bevan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 03:53 PM
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143. Very easy to forget the "Do Not Disturb".
Most of my unexpected encounters with maids have come when I order room service and take down the "Do Not Disturb" so the room service person will knock on my door with the food. Sometimes I forget to put it back up after the food comes, and sometimes the maid comes while I am waiting for the food.

But on none of these occasions did I breach the unwritten rule about not sexually attacking the maid.
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steve2470 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 03:21 PM
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134. ok, I shouldn't laugh but that was funny nt
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woo me with science Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 11:13 AM
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62. self delete nt
Edited on Wed May-18-11 11:54 AM by woo me with science

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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 11:17 AM
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63. Serious answer
Edited on Wed May-18-11 11:21 AM by nadinbrzezinski
solitary is kind of standard in these cases.

1.- You put a charged rapist in general population, they tend to have accidents. These niceties about being already convicted or not really don't matter. This goes doubly so for child molesters... so for their safety...

2.- When you have an ultra powerful person in jail, it is a shock to their system... so yes, at times they try things. Not often, mind you, but I'd hate to be the watch commander when VIP managed to kill themselves.

So between one and two...

Madoff was also in Solitary for a little while, and later on, when it was safe... he was allowed into the general population.

As to the set up... maids going into supposedly empty rooms to clean up that are not happens a lot more often. So let's stop this honey trap et al shit, shall we? Let the legal system do what it needs to do. Next step, GRAND JURY which has to turn the police complaint into a formal indictment. That is supposed to happen by friday iirc.

(For some reason I thought it was thursday)
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Nye Bevan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 11:50 AM
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68. The reason he's in jail at all, and not out on bail,
is that the French are so dickish about extraditing criminals back to the US.
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Eddie Haskell Donating Member (817 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 12:52 PM
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83. Then put a collar on him.
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 01:12 PM
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89. Why treat him any different than any other accused rapist, especially one
who has ample opportunity to flee, much more so than your everyday rapist, murderer, or gangbanger?

why single him out for preferential treatment?
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mwooldri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 01:14 PM
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90. The judge said "flight risk".
As for the French being "dickish" about extraditing people back to the USA... it's to do with the laws in France. France, and a number of other countries, will not allow the extradition of their citizens to another country on the basis that they claim worldwide jurisdiction over their citizens. Another barrier is whether there is a death penalty at issue: EU countries can't extradite suspects to the USA unless they get assurances that the death penalty will not be applied.

I disagree with the judge for the reason but I believe he is in the right place as a result of the judges' reason. If us "commoners" were to be accused of what DSK did, then we'd most likely be thrown into jail too, with not much prospect of getting bail. If he posted a huge bail amount, agreed to "house arrest" or something like that, then I'm sure we'd hear howls of protest from some people stating that he is being given preferential treatment because he's rich, and a very prominent international figure.
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 01:39 PM
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93. My take as well. The fact that such a seemingly powerful man is
being treated as a common criminal is both laudable (IMHO) and fascinating.
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Hannah Bell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 12:40 PM
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79. another question: i had the impression (& have personally seen) that hotel
cleaners often clean in pairs.

i've read that this is a precaution against theft, attack, etc.
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Nye Bevan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 02:07 PM
Response to Reply #79
103. I've stayed in many hotels, from Econo Lodge to Four Seasons
and I have *never* once seen "cleaners working in pairs".
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Hannah Bell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 02:26 PM
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113. well, i guess that settles it, then. nye has never seen hotel/motel housekeeping work in pairs
Edited on Wed May-18-11 02:27 PM by Hannah Bell
or teams.

therefore it doesn't exist.


lol.

also, i wondered about what kind of cleaning one does in pantyhouse.

not the most comfortable way to clean to my way of thinking.
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Nye Bevan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 02:36 PM
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118. Hannah. I know you've invested in a lot of posts defending the perverted old groper
but I think it's time to give it up. Seriously.
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leftstreet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 02:41 PM
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120. What a strange thing to say
This poster's known for extensive research here

Do you have some links to statements "defending" DSK?
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Nye Bevan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 03:42 PM
Response to Reply #120
139. Yes. Yes, I do.
There's the "alibi":

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

There's the "he's so rich, he could hire a hooker, so why would he rape anyone" theory:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

The "he *did* hire a hooker, was waiting for her, and mistook the maid for said hooker" theory:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

The "varying time line casts doubt on the story" theory:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

The "if he was guilty, he never would have called the hotel about his lost cellphone" gambit:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

The "no way would he have had time to commit the crime" thesis:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

The "Sarkozy's people tweeted it before the arrest happened" theory:

http://upload.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard...

"I wonder who he pissed off?":

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

and finally: "Dirty tricks and political intrigues":

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

OK, so not that many.






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leftstreet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 04:24 PM
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145. Those are questions and speculations, not a defense
You'll find many of the same reports and editorials currently in the world press

:shrug:

You must be a big fan of this poster, to keep track like that...
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Hannah Bell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 04:48 PM
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147. also part of the "war on libya" fan club.
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Nye Bevan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 05:52 PM
Response to Reply #147
163. It's actually a really great fan club.
Edited on Wed May-18-11 05:53 PM by Nye Bevan
You get a cool membership card and a really nice button. And there's even a secret handshake.
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 03:26 PM
Response to Reply #113
136. Well, I kind of doubt CIA operatives wear pantyhose--and I wouldn't be
surprised that an a major luxury hotel in Manhattan would require pantyhose.

Why is Ben Stein defending M. DSK right along with you, Hannah?
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pipi_k Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 02:46 PM
Response to Reply #79
123. Sometimes that's true...
sometimes not.

My daughter did that sort of thing years ago. She worked alone.

I wasn't happy about it.

Fortunately she didn't really like the job and went on to something else.

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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 04:59 PM
Response to Reply #79
153. Some do, some don't. And I've stayed in plenty of hotels. n/t
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Lil Missy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 12:40 PM
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80. It was a setup - for the maid. He's in solitary for his own protection.
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mwooldri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 12:51 PM
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82. Apparently DSK is on suicide watch.
This is more about the maid stating that's she "is scared but will testify" more than about DSK but it's interesting to note he was mentioned as being on suicide watch.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-13443085
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 01:06 PM
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86. Supposedly unoccupied? My understanding is that there was a TWO night booking.
Unless he checked out the day he checked in, how can it be claimed the room wasn't occupied? :shrug:
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Mass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 01:14 PM
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91. I dont know how long the booking was and when he arrived,
but he was supposed to meet Angela Merkel on Sunday, so he was probably planning to leave on the flight he was arrested. He apparently checked in on Friday.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Timeline-of-events-in-Str...
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 01:37 PM
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92. Edited: On second thought, given the timeline, it could have been "unoccupied"
Edited on Wed May-18-11 01:59 PM by blondeatlast
but still booked, of course; that's what the handy dandy deadbolt and doorhanger are for.

Which begs the question--why didn't he use the deadbolt?

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jberryhill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 02:06 PM
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101. People leave their rooms during the day, when cleaning is done

I spend at least a month out of the year in hotels.

Depending on my schedule, I'm usually not in the room during the day, but I have frequently been walked-in on by cleaning staff.

If you don't put the DND hanger on the door, they'll knock and walk in. They have a lot to do on their shift, and they don't spend it fretting about whether there is someone in the room.
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 02:14 PM
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108. I corrected my post below; I just wasn't thinking. nt
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suffragette Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 02:09 PM
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104. Looks like a one night booking to me

The NY Post article that people cited made that a bit confusing.

Posted here about that:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

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Matariki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 02:00 PM
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97. Have you ever stayed at a hotel?
Housekeeping enter rooms every day to clean up and make beds. They don't only do it after people check out.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 02:06 PM
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102. More times than you'd believe
They rarely stay if you're in the room.
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Matariki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 02:17 PM
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109. That's not always true.
Edited on Wed May-18-11 02:20 PM by Matariki
I've been in hotel rooms while the beds were being made up. I've never stayed in a $3000 a night room - I imagine the staff would think they were safe.

Guess I'm just saying that all this conspiracy stuff seems like a stretch. Certainly there is no sort of evidence of conpiracy just because housekeeping staff was sent in to clean a room.
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 02:28 PM
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115. I agree. I also realized my brain fart upthread about the "unoccupied" room. nt
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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 05:06 PM
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158. That can vary with the size of the room/suite.
If the room is a small room like a motel and they don't think you'll be sticking around there long, they'll wait. If the room is a suite and you're in the living room section of the place doing something, they might come in and fix up the bedroom.
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 02:27 PM
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114. I corrected before you posted--just had a brain fart. nt
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librechik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 02:04 PM
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100. I imagine he must be pretty depressed. Maybe they put him on the watch
becasue they were afraid for his safety? I imagine his entire worldview is crumbling all around him.
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 02:25 PM
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111. good questions. Why the unrecs?
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n2doc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 02:26 PM
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112. I've been in hotel rooms when the maid has barged in
Was in the shower, had tv on, couldn't hear them knock. They quickly left when they heard me, and I never felt the impulse to chase them around and attack them.

Unless somehow he can show that the maid pretended to be a call girl, he's toast. Even then he's toast.
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Travelman Donating Member (326 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 02:35 PM
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117. Multi-point answers
1.) There is a bit of an automatic presumption in hotels that hotel rooms are empty during the middle of the day. Most people who are staying in a hotel go out during the daytime.

2.) Most hotels have a chek-out time of about 11:00. My understanding is that the attack happened about 12:30. Assuming that there was reason to believe that he was checking out that day, it was a fair assumption on her part that he had probably alraedy left.

3.) Every news report that I've seen on this has said that she followed the correct procedure for entering a room: knock, announce "housekeeping," open the door partially, again announce "housekeeping," and if there is no response, then enter the room. Given that this was the presidential suite, it's entirely likely that she could enter the "living room" part of the suite and never hear the shower running in the "bedroom" area. Ergo, she slmost certainly had every reason to believe when she walked through that door that the room was unoccupied.

4.) As to "setup," that's such an incredible roll of the dice as to be insane. It would require some sort of foreknowledge that he would be in the room at that time, and that he would find her "attractive," and that he would actually act on that, and that she would report it, and that she wouldn't wind up bashing his skull in with a lamp or something, or he hers. All of that and there's no video? No audio? If you're going to set someone up, don't you want to get absolutely damning evidence? I sure would. Video, audio, a "convenient" witness to walk into the room, something totally irrefutable that would bag this guy without any possible presumption of innocence.


Now, as to solitary:

1.) At least according to the news reports, he said some things that caused the shrinks at Rikers to think that he might hurt himself. Obviously, we're not privy to that information, so we have to just take them at their word, or not.

2.) He also has sleep apnea and has been issued a CPAP. They are monitoring his breathing at night in case he stops breathing. I would have to think that monitoring that would be considerably easier in soliatary compared to general pop.

3.) A phenominally wealthy Frenchman is not going to make any friends any time soon at Riker's Island. He really does not want to be in general population with the rest of the unwashed masses, I'm quite certain.

4.) The last thing in the world that the City of New York wants is to have an extremely high-profile foreign national like this get shanked in their jail. The French are already spinning all sorts of conspiracy theories about this incident; if this guy got offed in jail, it would be an absolute mad scramble to see who can come up with the kookiest conspiracy theory to explain why the CIA had the guy whacked by the Moldavian mafia while supposedly in jail in at Riker's, when actually it was to cover up the illegal aliens from outer space who took him to Venus and used all sorts of nasal and anal probing on the guy, and all because they wanted to get rid of the head of the IMF and potential next president of France. As such, they're not going to take any chances on this guy wandering around general population with a target on his back.
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 02:45 PM
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122. Really good analysis, IMHO. I have to mention the irony of M. DSK's sleep vs.
those of the maid and her friends, family, and neighbors.

I somehow think M. DSK got much more rest, even at RI.
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Travelman Donating Member (326 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 02:52 PM
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124. Probably so. Rather sad, that.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 02:57 PM
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126. Thank you Travelman - nice post
:hi:
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Travelman Donating Member (326 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 03:00 PM
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128. Anytime.
Thanks for the compliment. :)
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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 05:04 PM
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157. Logic, I love it! Best post here. Thanks! n/t
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LanternWaste Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 02:58 PM
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127. Until convinced otherwise, I'll take the simplest explanation...
Until convinced otherwise, I'll take the simplest explanation; i.e., a man with a a history of inappropriate actions towards women sexually assaulted a female hotel employee.

That simplest of scenarios doesn't require a set up or a conspiracy or aliens beaming thought transmissions into our brains... it simply requires a vulgar man. :shrug:

Unfortunately, this very scenario happens hundreds of times daily.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 03:05 PM
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130. You may well be correct
and yes it does happen hundreds of times a day.
What I know is that all those diplomats and international employees of all these multilateral and bilateral agencies won't be raping little girls and boys for a while or hitting on female and male employees.
I say bravo to the New York cops because the international political elite need a little reminder that this shit is illegal.

Was he set up - who knows but I don't care since they are all running scared this week and that is great news.
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CreekDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 03:29 PM
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137. For someone apparently concerned he's been wrongly accused, you're sure quick to accuse her
of being part of a setup.

just saying. :eyes:
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 03:42 PM
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138. I haven't accused her of anything
I asked a question
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CreekDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 03:45 PM
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140. so you think the conspiracy is as likely as his guilt?
which would be interesting considering there's evidence of one and not the other.

i understand he's not been convicted, but neither has she even been accused.
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 03:45 PM
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141. FWIW, I think malaise's aim is true here. If you read through
the thread, she's asking some reasonable questions and making some good comments regarding the accuser and accused.

I would not say that about every respondent in the thread; the usual suspects are usually suspecting as usual.
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CreekDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 03:47 PM
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142. you're right. i'm just pointing out that entertaining a conspiracy is pretty unfair to her
especially if the premise is that believing he's guilty is unfair to him.
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 03:54 PM
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144. Adn on that, I most assuredly agree with you. nt
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Hannah Bell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 04:49 PM
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148. oh give it a rest. he didn't accuse her of anything.
Edited on Wed May-18-11 04:50 PM by Hannah Bell
btw, if you think for a few minutes you can probably come up with some set-ups that she wouldn't have to be involved in at all.

i can, so i guess you're as smart as me.
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CreekDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 05:23 PM
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160. if those setups had a chance of working w/o her involvement --sort of implicates him
:shrug:
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LanternWaste Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-19-11 10:34 AM
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166. I'll take the simplest scenario over...
More often than not, I'll take the simplest scenario over a post-hoc-ergo-prom-prompter-hoc prognostication.
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Eddie Haskell Donating Member (817 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 03:12 PM
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132. Simplest of scenarios for the simple minded
Your words: "That simplest of scenarios doesn't require a set up or a conspiracy or aliens beaming thought transmissions into our brains... it simply requires a vulgar man."

So now we accept the presumption of guilt by virtue of gender or we're conspiracy theorists? Wow!
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 03:23 PM
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135. did the word "vulgar" pass you by? I didn't think so, since you quoted it.
But really good stab at making a gender mountain out of a social molehill.
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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 05:07 PM
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159. No, the emphasis is on the "vulgar" not the gender.
Edited on Wed May-18-11 05:07 PM by pnwmom
Although I would have used a different word, suggesting his past aggressive and self-entitled use of force.
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LanternWaste Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-19-11 11:18 AM
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167. Bless your little heart...
I'm not presuming guilt. The court does that. My opinions are irrelevant. I merely answered a question without prognosticating.

However, if your implication that I'm simple-minded assuages the fact that others may disagree with you, by all means- make the petulant presumptions :shrug:
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Eddie Haskell Donating Member (817 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-20-11 06:07 PM
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171. I apologize for the simple-minded header
Vulgar ... aren't we all?

Still, being male and vulgar is not a crime. My real problem with your post, however, is your assertion that those who are willing to withhold judgement and consider other possibilities are conspiracy nuts.

I choose to speak out against the rush to judgement because I believe in the presumption of innocence and the right to a fair trial ... not to protect DSK, but to protect us all.

As Isaiah Berlin astutely observed, Ridicule kills more surely than savage indignation. I'm guilty on both counts.
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steve2470 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 05:00 PM
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155. Reuters: Hotel called police an hour after Strauss-Kahn left
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/18/strausskahn-t...

May 18 (Reuters) - Dominique Strauss-Kahn left the Sofitel near Times Square in Manhattan around 12:30 pm (1630 GMT) on Saturday and roughly an hour later, hotel security called police to report an alleged sexual assault, a law enforcement source told Reuters.
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steve2470 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 05:02 PM
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156. Reuters: Hotel maid to testify (on Wednesday)
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/18/us-strausskah...

(Reuters) - A hotel maid who says IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her was due to testify to a New York grand jury on Wednesday, as the French presidential hopeful faced growing pressure to resign.

A lawyer for the woman, a 32-year-old widow from West Africa, dismissed a suggestion by Strauss-Kahn's attorney that the incident at the luxury Sofitel hotel in Times Square last Saturday might not have been a sexual assault.

"There's nothing consensual about what took place in that hotel room," lawyer Jeffrey Shapiro told NBC's "Today" show.

Shapiro told Reuters his client would testify before the grand jury later on Wednesday. In the U.S. legal system, a grand jury convenes in secret to hear evidence and decide whether to indict a defendant.
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Bucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-18-11 05:29 PM
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162. A set up in which he practically *tricked* into raping that woman. Right.
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Zax2me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-20-11 05:40 PM
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170. I want to know why a so-called socialist was in a 3k a night
room to begin with. Everything smells here.
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