(interesting insights… 3 am – promoted by notlightnessofbeing)
If you think that the world works any other way than this, that people do business with their friends or other people they have relationships with, you are doomed to disappointment.
Still, one thing I have a very hard thing tolerating is abuses of power relationships. Call it bullying or harassment or what ever kind of coercive threat you care to, I find it fundamentally offensive.
I’m going to present 3 cases of what I think are abuses of power and I’d be curious to see how you react to them.
Alycia Lane is accused of assaulting a NYC police woman.
Smith said that Lane was “accosted” by “several” plainclothes police officers as she was photographing an “altercation” between an individual in her party and the plainclothes officers at the corner of West 17th Street and Ninth Avenue.
So, she made the mistake of interfering when the police are questioning your friend (always a very bad move, who’s going to post bail?) AND she punched a cop in the face.
Ow. Bad luck.
If I did that I’d be lucky to get through it with a couple of years of probation and as a Gilmore I’m lucky enough to have a few lawyers who owe my family favors and a pool house to sulk in.
Alycia though knows people, important people like Ed Rendell and she’s famous enough to have her own people who tell us one of her first calls was to him because “he is an opinion maker and runs around in influential circles.” (note: it was her spokesperson who said that, not her.)
David Huckabee is accused of killing a dog.
(Miller County, Arkansas) Two boy scout counselors, 17 year old Clayton Frady and 18 year old David litickabee, the son of Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, have admitted to catching a stray dog during their summer session at Camp Pioneer in Hatfield, AR, and hanging the dog by his neck, slitting his throat and stoning him to death.
As digby notes-
Update II: The site that hosts that story is the “old site” of the animal rights group run by Kinky Friedman which is called Utopia Animal Rescue. It’s quite well known and entirely legitimate. I don’t know where they got the details about dog, but I believe they are a credible source on this subject.
Yes. This one.
digby does update herself with this question-
Newsweek was evidently working on the story and they have published it today, here. It certainly does appear that Huck tried to shut down an investigation into the thing.
And what does Newsweek say?
… But John Bailey, then the director of Arkansas’s state police, tells NEWSWEEK that Governor Huckabee’s chief of staff and personal lawyer both leaned on him to write a letter officially denying the local prosecutor’s request. Bailey, a career officer who had been appointed chief by Huckabee’s Democratic predecessor, said he viewed the lawyer’s intervention as improper and terminated the conversation. Seven months later, he was called into Huckabee’s office and fired. “I’ve lost confidence in your ability to do your job,” Bailey says Huckabee told him. One reason Huckabee cited was “I couldn’t get you to help me with my son when I had that problem,” according to Bailey. “Without question, [Huckabee] was making a conscious attempt to keep the state police from investigating his son,” says I. C. Smith, the former FBI chief in Little Rock, who worked closely with Bailey and called him a “courageous” and “very solid” professional.
(note: Avenging Angel has a diary that touches on this- The Republican War on Dogs)
And speaking of dogs, what about Michael Vick?
Well, he got 23 months.
“I carried a dog over to Quanis Phillips, who tied a rope around its neck… I dropped the dog.”
Hudson said Vick had lied about the extent of his role in the dogfighting operation, which had lasted six years. The judge and prosecutors said Vick had an active role in the killing of pit bulls housed on his 15-acre property in rural southeastern Virginia.
“You were instrumental in facilitating, putting together, organizing and funding this cruel and inhumane sporting activity,” Hudson told Vick in a courtroom packed with animal-rights activists and Vick’s family and fans. “While you have acknowledged guilt and apologized, I’m convinced it was not a momentary lapse of judgment on your part. You were a full partner.”
Purses ranged into thousands of dollars for a fight that would last until the death or surrender of a dog. Sometimes the losing dog was put to death by drowning, hanging, gunshot or electrocution, court papers said.
Now the ironies can pop out at you in many ways. What ways strike you?