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The “War On Women”

By Greg L | 12 December 2012 | Alexandria, Arlington County, Fairfax County, Crime | 19 Comments

You’ve no doubt heard that Republicans are supposedly engaged in some kind of “war on women” because they believe in the sanctity of life, aren’t interested in providing free birth control as an entitlement, or aren’t willing to see taxpayer dollars used to fund abortions.  There actually does seem to be an effort to subjugate women going on, but it has nothing to do with Republicans.  Just take a look at the story that exploded today about the son of Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA), and particularly how the Congressman chose to react to it.

Moran’s son Patrick is a fool who got caught on videotape this election cycle conspiring to commit voter fraud and had to resign from his father’s campaign as a result.  Earlier this month he was out partying in DC with his girlfriend, they got into an argument, and it got a bit ugly.  Here’s how the Washington City Paper reported the altercation (emphasis added):

After the attack, police described Moran’s girlfriend as “bleeding heavily from her nose and also observed that her nose and right eye were extremely swollen.” One of the ambulance technicians who transported her to Howard University Hospital told police that Moran appeared to have broken her nose and given her a skull fracture under her right eye.

Moran was arrested for felony domestic violence assault, but pleaded the charge down to simple assault today. He was sentenced to probation.

In a statement to Washington City Paper, Rep. Moran described his son and his girlfriend as “good kids.”

Good kids???  Who beat women to the point of fracturing their skull?  I’d think not.  Later in the article Moran pleads “I hope their privacy will be respected,” and that “They look forward to putting this embarrassing situation behind them.”  This isn’t embarrassing.  This is domestic violence, and it’s pretty unacceptable by any standard, and Patrick’s “privacy” as a person arrested on suspicion of committing a felony is pretty irrelevant here, as his arrest and trial is a matter of public record.

Which could be rather interesting to dig into, as someone who injures someone to this degree in an assault wouldn’t normally find an opportunity to plead the charges down to ’simple assault.’  By definition, that would imply no violent physical contact or injury to the victim.  What are the chances that you or I would have the chance to get one year’s probation for ’simple assault’ if we broke a woman’s nose in a public place?  Probably not so much, I’d think.

So far, this is exceedingly bad behavior again on the part of Patrick, and a typical Jim Moran reaction from a political perspective, which wouldn’t merit much unusual attention since this kind of thing from him has become so commonplace.  But it gets worse.

Jim Moran decided to release a statement from the victim.  Why?  Who knows.  Apparently he was concerned about the fallout, although up to this point he was simply subject to criticism for having an idiot, abusive son and saying he was “a good kid,” and in this district the story would have blown over in a week or so and Moran wouldn’t be much the worse for wear.  Now, Moran wants to interject directly into the issue of domestic violence, and here’s what he gets the victim to release, which Moran makes available as well:

This was an accident that has been blown out of proportion. The statements in the police report are inaccurate. Pat and I were arguing, one of my high heels gave out, and I fell into the side of a trashcan. On impact, I fractured my nose. False conclusions were made as a result. I hope our privacy will be respected.

Seems like I’ve heard this kind of excuse offered by the victims of domestic violence before when they’re trying to shield abusers from the consequences of their felonious behavior.  Jim Moran wants to own this because it might somehow shield his son?  Arlington Now strongly rebuts this fanciful version of events, noting that “a Metropolitan Police officer and a D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration agent observed Moran “grab [Hofmann] by the back of her head with his hand and slam her head into the metal trash can cage in front of the nightclub.”  But Moran wants to peddle a ridiculous (and quite sad and disturbing, I might add) story about how the victim supposedly “fell” and broke her own nose here?

Who’s actually waging a war on women, I have to ask?

UPDATE: XOJane has a great take on all this:

This plea deal and subsequent slap on the wrist (more like a gentle brushing of the wrist with a delicate swan feather) sent a clear message to victims of domestic violence: this is how much society cares about you. Rep. Moran’s statement was also crystal clear: domestic violence is something “embarrassing,” rather than a real, serious issue. His statement was also a reminder of the fact that domestic violence is often hidden out of shame; women cover it upand conceal it in an effort to pass, because they know that most people find thinking about the subject, well, embarrassing.

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  1. Padre said on 12 Dec 2012 at 7:01 pm:
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    No brainer, This has nothing to do with war on women. It has everything to do with a douche bag who has has too much to drink.

    Moran isn’t trying to legislate policy so that everyone abuses their girlfrind.

  2. Greg L said on 12 Dec 2012 at 9:41 pm:
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    No, they just shield abusers from legal consequences and repeat ridiculous claims that the injuries were “an accident.”

    I get it.

  3. Doug Brown said on 13 Dec 2012 at 10:16 am:
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    Moran is legislating at the scene of a crime, in this case at a bar, and what Moran is inserting into the law is the now notorious Moran exemption which is part of larger well established legal principle: Congressmen make the laws, they are not subject to them.

    By the way I hear Senator Robert Menendez has a job opening in his office. The notice reads : Illegal alien sex offender wanted, responsibilities include travelling with a guy named Bob to exotic places and introducing Bob to pretty girls.


  4. Anonymous said on 13 Dec 2012 at 6:01 pm:
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    I wonder if you have got to stick a probe up their spinkter to jostle their emotional judgement? lol

  5. Benton said on 13 Dec 2012 at 6:19 pm:
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    Absolutely this is not limited to race, religion OR political party (for Pete’s sake who in their right mind would consider that?)

    Thanks for pointing that out. Some abuse is just more visible than other types. If you have any daughters…….

  6. Former Officer said on 13 Dec 2012 at 8:40 pm:
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    What is a “spinkter?”

  7. anonymous said on 13 Dec 2012 at 10:58 pm:
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    To former Officer: You’re either younger than 50 according to your doctor, straight, or a lieutenant in the weekend warriors. A spinkter is a lacuna undazzled by the sun.

  8. Former Officer said on 14 Dec 2012 at 5:31 am:
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    I’m quite certain this spelling is way off.

  9. Citizen-Veteran said on 14 Dec 2012 at 10:37 am:
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    The latest Moran family scandal? Well, it is just the latest “incident” to be covered up by the Press and the Moran machine.

    The bigger picture is that the Moran family is just another Democrat political family in America. Sexual perversion, violence, theft, ruthlessness, and inability to tell the truth runs deep in all of America’s Democrat political families. These families have no commitment to America or the Constitition - but they carefully hide that. Our national history is full of these ruthless families of liars. It was true in the 20th Century and it is true in the 21st Century.

    When the electorate embraces the importance of honesty and integrity in their elected officials - the Democrats are done.

    I’m sure you see the problem . . .

  10. Benton said on 14 Dec 2012 at 10:16 pm:
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    What a truly horrible thing to say. Truly horrible.

  11. Scout said on 15 Dec 2012 at 12:08 pm:
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    I sort of lost the train of thought where it was implied that this has some sort of political content. Sounds more like some lout (probably under the influence of alcohol) who can’t control himself and who has little respect for anyone, male or female (but it’s a lot easier to beat up a female if she’s smaller). How does this link to Democrat party positions?

  12. The Bulletproof Monk said on 16 Dec 2012 at 2:43 pm:
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    hey, dumbarse…how about focusing on an out of control (again) democrat pointed out in this post? Can’t focus that long thru the obvious rage?

  13. Anonymous said on 18 Dec 2012 at 2:22 pm:
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    Anonymous said on 12 Dec 2012 at 1:14 pm:

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    Still awaiting your responce on other subject:

    How do you explain the fact that Obama’s Auntie has been living in Public housing in Massachusetts even after the fact she was ordered deported many years ago?

  14. Scout said on 18 Dec 2012 at 9:14 pm:
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    Not familiar with the case Anon, can’t help you there. Does it have any relevance to Mr. Moran’s attack on this woman? Does it have any relevance to anything?

  15. Jay said on 19 Dec 2012 at 9:25 am:
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    The title and the story content are about divergent topics.

    The war on women is real - you did see those election results, right?

    Keep ignoring it - democrats sure hope you will keep doing exactly what you’re doing. . .

  16. Anonymous said on 19 Dec 2012 at 3:29 pm:
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    Scout said on 18 Dec 2012 at 9:14 pm:

    Not familiar with the case Anon, can’t help you there. Does it have any relevance to Mr. Moran’s attack on this woman? Does it have any relevance to anything?

    Well Scout, it is quite relevant as it contradicts your comment below where you state “Illegal immugrants aren’t eligible to “”enjoy public housing…….etc.”"
    The fact that Obama’s Auntie has been living in Public housing on the taxpayer’s buck for many years and continued after she was ordered to be deported refutes your comment. Original post we in regard to the illegal immigrant Murderer post to refresh your memory.

    Scout said on 11 Dec 2012 at 9:04 pm:

    Illegal immigrants aren’t eligible to “enjoy public housing, free meals, clothing and personal items, and medical care to change his sex or anything else. . .” Where is that sentiment coming from, Anon 1425? Or is that just stuff we make up?

  17. Anonymous said on 19 Dec 2012 at 4:53 pm:
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    sphincter correct spelling

  18. Anonymous said on 19 Dec 2012 at 4:55 pm:
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    sphincter =is a flat plane of muscular fibers, elliptical in shape and intimately adherent to the integument surrounding the margin of the anus.

  19. Scout said on 20 Dec 2012 at 5:40 am:
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    Anon: again, I don’t know much about that situation. You may have more information than I do. Sorry. However, it may be that the woman is using public housing illegally or at least improperly. It may also be that someone who is entitled to take advantage of housing programs is letting her stay with him/her. That is not unlawful. Again, though, this particular woman’s situation is something about which I just don’t have a lot of information or interest.

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