Campbell County GOP, Don’t You Think It’s Time to Find a New Treasurer?

The treasurer of the Campbell County GOP is Mark Wells. He’s also on the Campbell County Board of Education, where, in his spare time, he spends years harassing a teacher and trying to get her fired because she didn’t want to date him.

And this guy is still the treasurer of the Campbell County GOP why?

Who would let their daughters volunteer there, knowing the lengths he’d go to if she rejected his advances? What woman would want to work there? And what message is the Campbell County Republican Party trying to send? That they’ll tolerate having a guy who would do this in their midst?

The EEOC found that he harassed her. Are Republicans just waiting to see how much money she gets out of the school system for looking the other way?

I don’t get it.

But you know, it’s funny. I read this post today over at Feministe, about Lisak’s research into campus rapists, who, as we’ve discussed, operate by camouflaging themselves as guys who’ve just made a mistake or are overzealous, who could be any guy, really, so they deserve our sympathy. I know we talked a little about how they’ve found that these are the same guys that go on to commit all kinds of abuse. In other words, there are a set of behaviors these guys learn and exploit in order to be able to do what they want to do–whether it’s rape or sexual harassment or abuse or what–while relying on others to provide them social cover.

Thomas quotes Lisak in regards to some of these characteristics.

In the course of 20 years of interviewing these undetected rapists, in both research and forensic settings, it has been possible for me to distill some of the common characteristics of the modus operandi of these sex offenders. These undetected rapists:

• are extremely adept at identifying “likely” victims, and testing prospective victims’ boundaries;

• plan and premeditate their attacks, using sophisticated strategies to groom their victims for attack, and to isolate them physically;

• use “instrumental” not gratuitous violence; they exhibit strong impulse

control and use only as much violence as is needed to terrify and coerce their victims into submission;

• use psychological weapons – power, control, manipulation, and threats – backed up by physical force, and almost never resort to weapons such as knives or guns;

use alcohol deliberately to render victims more vulnerable to attack, or completely unconscious.

Now, look at how many of these things fit the newspaper account of Wells’ behavior towards Keiser. He tested her boundaries by repeatedly calling her at home, using the excuse of needing to talk to her about work, at times that were inappropriate. I think this was also a way of isolating her, because when the calls come to your home on weekends, it’s obviously very unlikely that others will be able to witness for themselves the bad behavior. And then, of course, he attempted to use his position of power over her to punish and intimidate her when she didn’t comply with his wishes.

Now, obviously, Wells isn’t a rapist, so his bag of tricks isn’t exactly the same. But I point out the similarities to say this is not some dude who’s just a little over-zealous and clumsy when it comes to women. This is a dude who wanted to force a woman to do something she didn’t want to do and who wanted to be able to punish her when/if she didn’t comply and he used known and studied strategies for doing so.

Guys like this count on you believing that they’re just over-zealous and clumsy. They count on you making excuses for them, believing that this situation is something that could happen to anyone, instead of being a situation he set up and thought (and apparently rightly so) he could control.

Don’t protect him.

This isn’t a “mistake.” This is something he deliberately did wrong, for years.


The TNGOP is So Over Unemployed People. Perhaps It’s Time for Unemployed People to be Over the TNGOP

Just remember this, if you’re one of the one in ten people in Tennessee who can’t find a job or a member of a family of one of the 10% unemployed, when you go to vote in November. It was Democrat Sherry Jones who had your back this week. Republican Glen Casada is done with giving a shit about you. And this is the man Republicans want to put in a leadership position.

Hell, maybe Mumpower quit in disgust.

Mumpower Out of Power?

I’m still not sure what to make of Mumpower’s last-minute decision not to run for re-election. The filing deadline for candidates is in five days and the news, so far, has been conspicuously silent about who will run on the Republican side for Mumpower’s seat (and shoot, if there ever was an argument for the importance of running someone in every race, this is it).

Is there a pending scandal? Well, I don’t know, but I kind of doubt it. Too many people are coming forward to offer their well-wishes.  If he really were running from something, it seems like people would be keeping their distance?

Is he just burnt out? Eh, maybe, but he’s just my age. And, yes, he had some stumbles lately, with the losing to Williams and such, but as a young guy who seems pretty smart, you’d think he might bounce back from this stuff.

Is he pissed at his fellow Republicans? I don’t know. But the timing is weird. Where is the GOP candidate to replace him? Say what you want about Mumpower, but he was at the front of the Party while it was making huge gains. He and his fellow Republicans have given the Party a younger, somewhat more female-friendly face (I say, very, very loosely). And everyone thinks we’re going to end up this fall with a Republican governor and a Republican majority legislature.

Mumpower isn’t Moses. Nothing’s stopping him from reaching the promised land.


I don’t know.

It’s weird.

Edited to add: Now I’m hearing that Mumpower DID file papers to run last week. So… If I find a news source to confirm, I’ll link. But something seems to be hinky here.

Edited again: Here’s a news story confirming.

Good Lord, There’s a Lot of Good Stuff to Read. Good Thing It’s Raining

Gertrude and Alice children’s books?! I faint with delight.

I am speechless at this. This is mainstream political discourse? On the other hand, I’m glad to see that women can prove ourselves to be just as big of assholes as the menfolk.

Not only should folks teach The Wire, they should all watch Treme, to support my friend, Tom.

A balloon, what appears to be a modified styrofoam cooler, a parachute, and some of the most amazing pictures of our planet.

Yes, the chart. Oh, god, the chart. And the starving. I remember it well.

I honestly think this is one of the most thoughtful and insightful posts I’ve read about blogging in the age of Facebook and Twitter. I read it this morning and my mind is still a little blown.

Wine in Grocery Stores

The poor folks at Red, White, and Food are still having to agitate for wine in grocery stores. Yes, that’s right. In Tennessee, you cannot walk into a grocery store and pick up, say, a loaf of french bread, some wine, and a bouquet of cheesy flowers on your way to your sweetie’s house.

No, I am not even kidding you.

We can’t buy wine in grocery stores.

This, I have to tell you, is one of the things that strikes me funniest about Tennesseans. They will raise stinks to high heavens about freedoms and protecting our freedoms and meeting the feds at the state line to protect us from socialism, but, if a group of pastors says that having wine in grocery stores is a bad idea, well, then let’s not get too carried away with this freedom stuff. And we’re all for the free market, but, if it might upset the liquor store lobby, maybe we do need to block wine sales in grocery stores just to make things easier for our lobbyist buddies.

So, anyway, wine in grocery stores. Let’s do it for FREEDOM!!!! Or something.

I mean, this is going to happen. Why drag it out any longer?