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    Conservative think tank exec arrested for assault on cyclist

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    Convergence of Driver, Bicyclist Ends in Arrest
    Bystanders Track Alleged Assailant
    By Petula Dvorak
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Saturday, July 2, 2005; Page B01

    It began as a shouting match on a busy Capitol Hill street corner during the frenetic morning commute, a bike-vs.-car incident not uncommon in a big city.

    But then the silver-haired, retired Navy lieutenant got out of his car, approached the red-headed ballet dancer riding a bike and allegedly shoved her to the ground, authorities said. He got back into his car and, as bystanders followed him, drove down the block to his nearby office, the bicyclist said.

    The man was identified as Ted E. Schelenski, 64, vice president for finance and operations at the Heritage Foundation, a think tank that promotes conservative policies. He pleaded not guilty this week to a charge of simple assault.

    The bicyclist, Kristin Hall, 23, said the trouble began about 8:30 a.m. June 14. She was riding on the sidewalk, about to turn onto the 300 block of Massachusetts Avenue NE, when a car stopped in front of her, blocking her path, she said. She stopped her bike and asked the man to move his silver Acura, she said.

    But Schelenski wouldn't move, and the two yelled at one another, she said in an interview yesterday.

    "It was some kind of road-rage nonsense," Hall said. "When he got out of the car, I told him: 'You're crazy! Get back in the car!' "

    But Schelenski came at the 105-pound, communications assistant at the Academy for Educational Development and shoved her to the ground while she was still straddled on her bicycle, she said.

    "I was pretty scraped up and bruised," Hall said. "And he just got back into his car and floored it. He took off."

    There were several bystanders. One helped Hall up; someone took down the license plate number of the car and watched it go just a block past the scene to the foundation's office. Someone else summoned a nearby U.S. Capitol Police officer, she said.

    About 10 minutes later, Schelenski returned to the scene, Hall said, and tried to apologize. "He said he lost his temper," she said. "And then he told the officer that all he did was try to shake my bike. He said I was the one who fell over."

    Police arrested Schelenski after he gave them his side of the story and took him to Capitol Police headquarters for processing, according to charging papers filed by prosecutors. He was released and appeared Thursday in D.C. Superior Court. His attorney, Robert Bredhoff, declined to comment on the case, and Schelenski did not return calls to his home or office.

    Schelenski is due back in court July 27 for a status hearing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slow Train
    But Schelenski came at the 105-pound, communications assistant at the Academy for Educational Development and shoved her to the ground while she was still straddled on her bicycle, she said.
    What a class act.

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    Please do not think all conservatives are bike haters. Just because one conservative did this do not think all conservatives are like this. I am a conservative and I have been hassled and attacked by people with liberal bumper stickers, but I don't think all liberals are bike haters.
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    Oh the Heritage Foundation.

    Major contributors:
    The Rev. Syung Mung Moon - Leader of the "Moonies"
    Hyundai Corp - Korean Industry

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    This lesson in patriotism was necassary.......
    The 105lb cyclist was an affront to the Amerikkaan lifestyle and dream
    of gratutitous self-overindulgence and disrespect of all other people who
    aren't like you. She needed to be reminded not to disrespect good, family
    value, consumption loving , *ME*ME*ME* oriented, Nu Amerikka.

    'Conservative think tank'..... That's an oxymoron if Ive ever heard one.

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    Mr. Schelenski gives conservatism a bad name. Mpop is right; the struggle for safe accommodations on our public roadways should not be a liberal-conservative thing or a class fight, but merely mutual respect ad maturity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by -=Łem in Pa=-
    This lesson in patriotism was necassary.......
    The 105lb cyclist was an affront to the Amerikkaan lifestyle and dream
    of gratutitous self-overindulgence and disrespect of all other people who
    aren't like you. She needed to be reminded not to disrespect good, family
    value, consumption loving , *ME*ME*ME* oriented, Nu Amerikka.

    'Conservative think tank'..... That's an oxymoron if Ive ever heard one.
    Sadly, I have just as many liberals with "Save the earth" or whatnot stickers honk at me as conservatives...

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    Quote Originally Posted by -=Łem in Pa=-
    This lesson in patriotism was necassary.......
    The 105lb cyclist was an affront to the Amerikkaan lifestyle and dream
    of gratutitous self-overindulgence and disrespect of all other people who
    aren't like you. She needed to be reminded not to disrespect good, family
    value, consumption loving , *ME*ME*ME* oriented, Nu Amerikka.

    'Conservative think tank'..... That's an oxymoron if Ive ever heard one.
    I don't think it has anything to do with conservatism or liberalism. But I think it has a lot to do with the stress almost everyone seems to be under. When I was growing up, people lived in neighborhoods. Life was slower and everybody was careful to be nice because someone you were dealing with probably lived in your neighborhood and word would get around if you did something. But life being slower also made a big difference. Now, so many husbands and wives are working 45 hour work weeks few have time to be decent. Almost everyone is stressssssssssed out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ivan_yulaev
    Sadly, I have just as many liberals with "Save the earth" or whatnot stickers honk at me as conservatives...

    I suppose my initial post was a little antagonistic.
    Realisticly, people in cars hate people on bikes....at least here in the east anyway.
    If you hold someone up for 2 seconds or look different you are going to be told about
    it in some offensive manner.
    Here is an idea whose time has come......

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    If what happened is as reported, and that is an if, then this guy's career might be ruined because he couldn't control his temper and he thought he was a tough guy. On the other hand, I hope the bicyclist wasn't mouthy. I was driving home from the store yesterday, and this older kid is bicycling down the right hand lane of a 45 mile-an-hour zone. He was going about 10 mph, if that. I happened upon him as I came around a curve, so I didn't see him until the last moment. To tell you the truth, I was first shocked, then angry, though I didn't say anything, or beep my horn, or do anything of any sort. But, I have seen bicyclists take a lot of chances on the road and give me a scare because I have so little time to do something. And I have seen bicyclists give people unkind gestures when I didn't think the gestures were deserved. Both sides seem to have a lot of anger and fear. Out here in the Los Angeles basin, which is a huge, huge area, too many people are the roads. They talking about building more roads, but where? Roads and freeways are all over the place, yet most roads are jammed like it was Manhattan or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trayer350
    Now, so many husbands and wives are working 45 hour work weeks few have time to be decent. Almost everyone is stressssssssssed out!
    Um, I hate to break this to ya but 45 is considered lazy these days, lots of people are working 60+. But that's not the source of people's stress anyway...
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    Quote Originally Posted by -=Łem in Pa=-
    Realisticly, people in cars hate people on bikes....at least here in the east anyway.
    If you hold someone up for 2 seconds or look different you are going to be told about
    it in some offensive manner.
    It isn't about bikes. People just hate people who are "different", or get in their way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bkrownd
    Um, I hate to break this to ya but 45 is considered lazy these days, lots of people are working 60+. But that's not the source of people's stress anyway...
    Why the hell would someone want to work 60 hours a week for the rest of their lives? I'd call that unacceptable.

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    Conservative or not...

    It is totally reasonable to question the integrity of an organization whose VP would thrash a 103 pound woman because of road rage.

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    He was probably listening to his local NPR affiliate at the time....

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    Quote Originally Posted by trayer350
    I don't think it has anything to do with conservatism or liberalism. But I think it has a lot to do with the stress almost everyone seems to be under.
    Your right about it not having to do with conservatism or liberalism. It also has nothing to do with stress, race, color, sex, religion, etc.

    People that behave like this have had only one trait in common, they are all insecure bullies, looking for someone they perceive to be weaker. Their assault is an effort to find a small amount of self esteem for themselves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trayer350
    If what happened is as reported, and that is an if, then this guy's career might be ruined because he couldn't control his temper and he thought he was a tough guy. On the other hand, I hope the bicyclist wasn't mouthy. I was driving home from the store yesterday, and this older kid is bicycling down the right hand lane of a 45 mile-an-hour zone. He was going about 10 mph, if that. I happened upon him as I came around a curve, so I didn't see him until the last moment. To tell you the truth, I was first shocked, then angry, though I didn't say anything, or beep my horn, or do anything of any sort. But, I have seen bicyclists take a lot of chances on the road and give me a scare because I have so little time to do something. And I have seen bicyclists give people unkind gestures when I didn't think the gestures were deserved. Both sides seem to have a lot of anger and fear. Out here in the Los Angeles basin, which is a huge, huge area, too many people are the roads. They talking about building more roads, but where? Roads and freeways are all over the place, yet most roads are jammed like it was Manhattan or something.
    Let me see if I understand your post correctly:

    You are a bicyclist. But when you drive a motor vehicle around a limited line of sight curve, you do so at a speed you consider unsafe if their might be a bicyclist, child or other hazard in the road. You become angry when that hazard comes into view and you have to brake excessively hard because of your excessive speed. But you are a good guy because even with your anger, you did not yell or sound your horn.

    In your mind, what is the speed limit at which bicyclist should be banned from that road? We know it is something under 45 mph; so maybe 35 mph, or 15 mph or should it be the 10 mph speed that the teenager was traveling at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by H23
    Conservative or not...

    It is totally reasonable to question the integrity of an organization whose VP would thrash a 103 pound woman because of road rage.
    I disagree, just because this guy is a VP in their financial department (which may not really be that high a position), does not reflect badly on the organization. What would reflect badly on the organization, is if they retain the jerk after they find out the type of bully he is. Flood them with complaints about this bully being part of their organization and give them a chance to fire him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jim-bob
    Why the hell would someone want to work 60 hours a week for the rest of their lives? I'd call that unacceptable.
    Then I guess you wouldn't want a typical job in science or technology. I used to think of 60 hours as a light week when I had a good job in a lab building interesting experiments.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CB HI
    Let me see if I understand your post correctly:

    You are a bicyclist. But when you drive a motor vehicle around a limited line of sight curve, you do so at a speed you consider unsafe if their might be a bicyclist, child or other hazard in the road. You become angry when that hazard comes into view and you have to brake excessively hard because of your excessive speed. But you are a good guy because even with your anger, you did not yell or sound your horn.

    In your mind, what is the speed limit at which bicyclist should be banned from that road? We know it is something under 45 mph; so maybe 35 mph, or 15 mph or should it be the 10 mph speed that the teenager was traveling at.
    The cyclist should be bright enough not to put himself in harms way. Rather then ride down a high speed road with limited sight lines, find an alternative path.

    Or is that to obvious?
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    This dude is VERY tight with Tom DeLay, and other top leaders of the neo-fascist, radical right wing of America's ruling party.

    If some average guy from the "inner city" attacked a 105 pound female, he would be looking at serious pen time. But, with the connections involved in THIS attack, this thug will never serve a minute behind bars. In America, there is a "legal system", but there is no longer a "justice" system.

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    Someone see if they can get this story talked about by one of the talkers on Air America, I listened to AA a few months ago and thought they were pretty lame, but I've started listening again and they're not bad, not bad at all. That story needs to get some coverage.

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    Anyone remember the COngressman from No./or So Dakota that hit a cyclists. Seems he killed the cyclist in a fit of anti - cyclist venom..Wonder what affiliation this guy was..? I think the point of road rage as related to traffic congestion freaking us all out. That should encourage us to support alternative transportation.
    Wonder if this guy is politically supportive of 'alternative transportation.' that might be relevant to his road rage and reaction to cyclists.
    a point. they don't want us on sidewalks and then other cycling opponents don't want us in the streets. can't win.

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    I was horrified when I read this, what threat could 105 lb person make? I was really
    scared about about how he got out of his car and knocked her to the ground.
    Seems like violence against women, (something I just HATE)
    and yes, it's not reds vs blues. even in liberal blue Seattle I almost gotten flatten plenty o'times by car drivers with bike racks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alanbikehouston
    This dude is VERY tight with Tom DeLay, and other top leaders of the neo-fascist, radical right wing of America's ruling party.

    If some average guy from the "inner city" attacked a 105 pound female, he would be looking at serious pen time. But, with the connections involved in THIS attack, this thug will never serve a minute behind bars. In America, there is a "legal system", but there is no longer a "justice" system.
    Sad but true.
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