Bend In The Branch

The personal opinions of one among many.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005


ig·no·rance The condition of being uneducated, unaware, or uninformed.

A proposed bill to make cockfighting a felony passed through the House Judiciary Committee, the initial step to make a bill a law.


A proposed bill making Criminal Domestic Violence a felony was tabled, or set aside to be considered at a later date.


Representative John Graham Altman, III, a member of the Judiciary Committee


stated in an interview by Kara Gormley of WIS-TV, "People who compare the two are not very smart and if you don't understand the difference, Ms. Gormley, between trying to ban the savage practice of watching chickens trying to kill each other and protecting people rights in CDV statutes, I'll never be able to explain it to you in a 100 years ma'am."

During the interview, the elected official and practicing attorney furthered his verbal attack on the reporter.

"You're really not very bright and I realize you are not accustomed to this, but I'm accustomed to reporters having a better sense of depth of things and you're asking this question to me would indicate you can't understand the answer. To ask the question is to demonstrate an enormous amount of ignorance. I'm not trying to be rude or hostile, I'm telling you."

He continues by sharing his opinion of women, more particularly women who are victims of Criminal Domestic Violence.

"There ought not to be a second offense. The woman ought to not be around the man. I mean you women want it one way and not another. Women want to punish the men, and I do not understand why women continue to go back around men who abuse them. And I've asked women that and they all tell me the same answer, John Graham you don't understand. And I say you're right, I don't understand."

Married three times and divorced twice, Representative Altman has been jailed in the past for failure to pay child support and may not only be uneducated, unaware of uninformed of the dynamics of Criminal Domestic Violence, he may also be a tad biased towards women.

'You reckon' the pot done got caught callin' the kettle black?


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