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Sat., Nov. 16, 2013, 9:03 a.m.

Vestal: Rep. Patterson’s Factual Fluidity

There must be a special circle in hell reserved for rapists who later claim: She made it up. And then, beyond that circle, there must be a deeper one – deeper and more imaginatively punitive – for rapists and accused rapists and would-be rapists who, when their history is dredged up years later, drape themselves in a victim’s robes, whine about their oppression, and claim that everyone else is lying. This has been the strategy of Idaho state Rep. Mark Patterson, who – in addition to claiming that the woman he admitted trying to rape had just made it up – has now donned the mantle of the righteous soldier. As a gun-loving conservative, apparently, Patterson is the victim of the usual suspects. “I will not be silenced,” Patterson wrote in a recent statement, because everyone knows how difficult it is to be pro-gun in Idaho, “so long as God gives me the strength”/Shawn Vestal, SR. More here.


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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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