Aiken Area Progressive

Progressive blog for the Central Savannah River Area.

Month: December, 2017

Good news, Illini women: House Bill 40 takes effect as planned

Springfield, Ill. — A state court judge on Friday upheld a state law known as House Bill 40, rejecting a challenge from a primary challenger to incumbent governor Bruce Rauner (R).

The ruling means that the law, which expands abortion rights in the Land of Lincoln, will take effect at midnight CDT on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

Illinois is, at least until 11:59 pm CDT on Monday, January 1, 2018, one of 24 states that have a state version of the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits public and even private funding of abortion and contraceptives. With Gov. Rauner signing HB 40 into law, it will be the first ever to repeal a Hyde Amendment-like measure. His signing of the bill into law has spawned a challenge from Jeanne Ives. Ives is the main plaintiff in the lawsuit, which was filed with the help of the Thomas More Society. They plan to appeal the ruling first thing Tuesday, hours after the law officially takes effect.

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Augusta girl, 17, launches app designed to combat sexual violence

Augusta, Ga. – An Augusta-Richmond County teen girl has launched an app that is actually very important.

Anika Kablan, 17, of Augusta, Ga., officially launched an app called Recoup Incorporated this week. The app, which is designed to combat sexual violence, is available on the IPad.

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Man booby traps door in deliberate attempt to murder wife

Palm Coast, Fla. – A man booby trapped the front door to his residence in an attempt to murder his pregnant wife via electrocution.

Officers with the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office were called to the scene by the father of the wife after worrying statements 32-year-old Michael Scott made.

The wife’s father overheard Mr. Scott that only his wife use that door and told the kids not to do so, because he “did not want them to get hurt”.

When they arrived, officers noticed suspicious burn marks alongside portions of the front door and appeared to be barricaded in such a manner. One officer kicked in the door and found an electrical device hooked up to the top lock and lower door handle, with all of it hooked up to an electrical outlet on the inside of the residence.

Officers noted one set of electrical wiring appeared to be a cord that had been cut from a lamp’s electrical bulb used for a lamp in a nearby bedroom. The cord had circular switch for easy on and off power and had the cut end of wiring wrapped into the doors locking features. The other end still had the wall outlet plug adapter affixed as seen on a standard electrical cord, officers added.

By then, officers knew it was Mr. Scott who booby trapped the door in a manner similar to how Problem Child’s Junior rigged a ringer on the door to electrocute LaWanda in Problem Child 2 – in a deliberate attempt to injure or kill anyone who opened the front door.

Officers listed these following items used to booby trap the door:

• two normal chairs
• one high chair
• shower type rod
• electrical cords
• wiring
• a battery charger with clamps

Additionally, Mr. Scott stole a concealed firearm from the residence belonging to the victim or her father, officers noted.

There were no injuries.

“This is one of the most bizarre domestic violence cases I have seen in my career,” said Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly in a Facebook wall post. “Not only did this man plan to electrocute his wife, but he could have injured a deputy or any person attempting to enter this residence.”

Mr. Scott was captured in Knoxville, Tenn. and was held for extradition to Bunnell, Fla. on charges of attempted aggravated murder, attempted battery on a pregnant person and possession of a stolen firearm, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. All of the charges are Class A felonies.


Doug Jones officially defeats Roy Moore after federal judge shuts down frivolous lawsuit

Talladega, Ala. – A federal judge tossed a lawsuit filed by disgraced former Alabama Supreme Court justice Roy Moore, clearing the way for Doug Jones to be the next Senator from Alabama.

Moore alleged, without any evidence whatsoever, that there was voter fraud. However, after several recounts, the Alabama Secretary of State found no fraudulent ballots.

The web page reported that Moore relied heavily on claims from conspiracy lunatics like Alex Jones.
“I am looking forward to going to work for the people of Alabama in the new year,” said Doug Jones. “As I said on election night, our victory marks a new chapter for our state and the nation. I will be an independent voice and work to find common ground with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get Washington back on track and fight to make our country a better place for all.”

Kay Ivey, the interim governor, was part of the canvassing board. They found more votes from the canvassing than on election night on December 12.

That expanded Doug Jones’s victory by 1,209 more votes.

Meanwhile, Sam Coleman, a spokesman for the Doug Jones transition team, issued a statement about the Moore lawsuit:

“This desperate attempt by Roy Moore to subvert the will of the people will not succeed. The election is over, it’s time to move on.”


#MeToo goes local as Williston-Elko Middle School axes principal

The #metoo campaign has gone local.

On December 18, the Williston-Elko School Board voted to ax Greg Sweet as the principal of Williston-Elko Middle School, the People-Sentinel of Barnwell reported.

Mr. Sweet has been accused of sexual harassment, allegations that have ensnared at least 190 prominent national and state figures, ranging from Harvey Weinstein to congressional candidate Andrea Ramsey (D-Kan.).


Andrea Ramsey sexually harassed a man in 2005. She is the first woman to face consequences for sexually harassing a man.

Kansas City, Kan. – So far, there have been 190 people accused of sexual harassment. That includes four women.

And one woman finally faced consequences for sexually harassing a man.

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HP Elite x3 Review

The most important Windows 10 device in the history of the operating system is also a good one. Read the rest of this entry »

alcatel Idol 4s Review

The alcatel Idol 4s is the lone high end Windows 10 Phone to have Voice on LTE and Wi-Fi Calling on board. Although I got the phone on December 4th, 2016, I have only now gotten to reviewing it.

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The Vicki Ringer Rule is a common sense rule everyone needs to know about

Lexington – In the aftermath of sexual harassment incidents involving nearly 180 celebrities, people have been proposing new rules.

First was the Mike Pence rule. While popular, it is also very sexist and is totally impossible for men and women in the mental health field to implement due to the private meetings that counselors must have with clients.

Then came the Rock Test. While light hearted, it was construed as being homophobic because it taught men to fear being seen as gay.

Also was the Tiff Tips, which was the worst of the rules to have been proposed thus far. Not only is the Tiff Tips sexist, it is also gymnophobic and should be a nonstarter for anyone who values body positivity.

Enter Vicki Jinette Ringer, of Lexington.

The director of Planned Parenthood South Atlantic South Carolina proposed several rules last month.

And the rules are very much common sense.
Nothing sexist or gymnophobic about this. Just truth and straight to the point.

In completely boneheaded decision, Disney chooses woman who sexually harassed bodyguard

New York City – Executives at Disney announced that Mariah Carey would be the featured guest on ABC’s New Years Rockin’ Eve show.

Someone at the corporation famous for Mickey Mouse had to be tone deaf to make this decision.

In mid-October, about a week and a half after Harvey Weinstein was exposed as a sexual predator, Ms. Carey was the first woman outed as a sexual harasser.

Ms. Carey’s former bodyguard said that she called him racist and sexist slurs, and she was around him only in her lingerie or bikini and she engaged in other inappropriate behavior in humiliating him. This is eerily similar to the allegations women have made against a lot of the men who have been outed as harassers – that men would be around in Speedos, briefs, or even in the bathtub naked around the women victims.

Ms. Carey is among three women who have been accused of sexual harassment. LeeAnn Tweeden, who brought Al Franken down from the US Senate, sexually harassed the now late Robin Williams. And just on Saturday, Lynn Weidner resigned from the Miss America pageant after she along with two men were accused of sexually harassing pageant participants, some of whom actually were crowned Miss America.

Here’s to hoping Disney reconsiders this boneheaded decision.

Administrative office of local shelter for victims of sexual violence re-locates to Aiken’s truck route

Aiken — Truck drivers who are victims of sexual violence can now park their 18-wheelers at the administrative office of a local shelter.

The Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons, the first shelter in South Carolina to accept male victims of sexual violence committed by women, has moved their administrative office to 254 Beaufort Street.

Beaufort Street is still the main truck route in Aiken to this day.

In an interview with the Aiken Standard, executive director Susan Selden said that this is the first time in the group’s history they have moved. From its beginnings in 1981 until this week, the Cumbee Center’s administrative office was located in downtown Aiken.

“We’ve been cramped in that little office since before I got there, with very narrow hallways for clients to walk down,” Ms. Selden told the Standard. “…We wanted them (clients) to have more privacy, and this fall, we hired more staff because of increased demand and we had to have somewhere to put them.”

That little office was on Lancaster Street, a place where trucks – and especially thru trucks – are prohibited from accessing and have been prohibited from accessing since before the Cumbee Center’s existence.

Ms. Selden noted that she has seen a marked rise in clients, especially male clients who were abused by spouses and female clients who were sexually assaulted or raped.

“They’re showing up to the hospital, and then we provide services after their hospital (visit), after their rape kits,” said Ms. Selden. “So, there’s been a definite increase in our hospital advocacy. We’ve seen more domestic violence clients. We’ve done more orders of protections this year than I remember, so we’ve had to hire additional staff.”

The Cumbee Center hired three staff members right away in October with its Victims of Crime Act Grant from the state’s Attorney General Office. Ms. Selden said she’s looking to hire additional staff members by the week ending on January 27, 2018.

The services offered at the organization’s new location will be the same as the previous location. That includes crisis care, counseling, case management and assistance with filing orders of protection.

Inside is Ms. Selden’s office, a little more than half a dozen offices for staff members, a kitchen and storage space, as well as a large conference area that can be used for trainings and community collaboration meetings.

Ms. Selden, who has been in her role since 2015, said she is excited about the move.

“I feel like we’ve gotten more awareness out which is one of the original goals … and we’re seeing more people come out,” she said. “I don’t know if theres an increase in violence. I think they know they can get good service here. Hopefully, they trust us.”

And although there is still a lot of moving taking place, Ms. Selden said, “We are officially open now. …This is the location to come to.”

Like all other businesses in the city, The Cumbee Center will go through a zoning process before signage goes up, but for those who still need assistance finding the location, it is located near Probation Parole and Pardon Services, as well as the Aiken County Health Department. Unlike with the previous location, The Cumbee Center’s new administrative office is now very easily accessible for truck drivers who may need to find a place to go and get out of a violent relationship.

It is also roughly a half mile from the new Aiken Department of Public Safety headquarters – also located on Beaufort Street.

There is also signage at the old location about the move.

The Cumbee Center also operates confidential emergency shelters in Aiken, Allendale, Barnwell, Edgefield and McCormick counties. If you or someone you know needs assistance and/or access to the shelter, you can call the center’s hotline numbers. They are 803-259-4451 and/or 803-649-0480.


Update at 10:28: The shelters themselves are located in private areas. The Cumbee Center’s administrative office is the place that relocated. We apologize for the error.

Raising A Girl During #MeToo

Erin Matson tells readers of her site what it is like raising a daughter during the era of outing sexual abusers.

Erin Matson

The #MeToo reckoning has only started to reveal the routine and gratuitous presence of sexual harassment, abuse, and assault in the lives of women and girls. It’s going to be a long, slow burn of new stories coming to the surface, some of them shocking and others as duh-tastic as possible (you mean that pompous guy who was known for treating his employees like shit and the “pro-life” congressman who obsessed about controlling women’s bodies all day long on the House floor were treating their women employees like their own personal sexual property? NO WAY!). There will be more backlash, and considering who is president of the United States, it is going to be terrible.

Meanwhile, a whole bunch of us still need to raise our daughters.

I’ll be honest, I find this a particularly challenging moment to parent a girl who is getting ready to go to kindergarten…

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