From Fox News: Bill Clinton spokesperson-turned ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos has been called out for hypocrisy after a combative interview with press secretary Sarah Sanders on Tuesday, when the “Good Morning America” star accused President Trump of always siding with men when it comes to sexual misconduct claims.
“It is absolutely amazing that Stephanopoulos has the gall to say it seems like President Trump is always siding with the men when it comes to accusations of sexual impropriety and sexual assault given his work in the Clinton administration,” conservative strategist Chris Barron told Fox News.
The interview started off with a series of questions about Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein before the conversation shifted to the ongoing sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
“The president consistently, every single time, takes the side of the man,” Stephanopoulos said.
Sanders fired back, “It’s interesting that you say that. It’s a lot of Democrats that like to ignore Keith Ellison and Cory Booker. They love to fight and champion women until they disagree with them.”
Stephanopoulos reminded Sanders that Al Franken lost his job over inappropriate sexual behavior.
“A number of other Democrats should have the same type of scrutiny,” Sanders said, before Stephanopoulos interrupted, “Every single time, the president has taken the side of the man against women accusers.”
Sanders said that Trump knows Brett Kavanaugh and has heard his story, explaining that there hasn’t been a “shred of evidence” to back up claims made against the Supreme Court nominee — but the “GMA” star quickly changed the subject.
“Maybe ABC should have found someone with a little more credibility around this issue to ask these questions,” Barron said. “Factually, Stephanopoulos is also flat wrong. President Trump has been a high-profile defender of women like Juanita Broaddrick who were victimized by President Clinton and demonized by the main stream media.”
The Congressional Accountability Act (CAA) of 1995 requires Congress and legislative branch entities to follow many of the same employment and workplace laws applied to private business and the rest of the Federal Government.
In all, 13 civil rights, labor, and workplace safety laws are applied by the CAA:
Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970
Federal Labor Relations Act
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Americans with Disabilities Act
Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Family and Medical Leave Act
Fair Labor Standards Act
Age Discrimination in Employment Act
Worker Adjustment and Retraining Act
Employee Polygraph Protection Act
Veterans’ employment and reemployment rights under Chapter 43 of Title 38 of the U.S. Code.
Veterans Employment Opportunities Act
Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act
CAA’s purpose is to protect over 30,000 employees of the legislative branch, including the following:
House of Representatives and the Senate (both Washington, D.C. and state district office staff)
Office of the Architect of the Capitol
U.S. Capitol Police
Office of Congressional Accessibility Services
Congressional Budget Office
Office of the Attending Physician
Government Accountability Office
Library of Congress
Office of Compliance
The last legislative branch entity , the Office of Compliance (OOC), was created by CAA as an independent office to administer and enforce the Act, and to manage complaints and disputes involving “legislative branch entities” through an early resolution procedure of counseling, mediation, hearings, deliberations, and monetary “awards or settlements” — all of which are confidential. Sexual harassment, abuse or rape are among the complaints and disputes involving legislative branch entities. The money for the “awards and settlements” is drawn from a special account in the U.S. Treasury, created by Section 415 of the Congressional Accountability Act, under which the OOC is authorized to appropriate “such sums as may be necessary to pay such awards and settlements.” OOC’s executive director approves all such awards and settlements. We do not know how much money is that “special account”. According to Section 1415 of CAA:
There are appropriated for such account such sums as may be necessary to pay such awards and settlements.
But we do know how much the OOC, that is taxpayers, paid in “awards and settlements” from 1997 to 2017 — a whopping $17.24 million.
That was revealed in a November 16, 2017 memorandum by Susan Tsui Grundmann, Executive Director of the Office of Compliance.
In the memo, Grundmann states that although the CAA does not require the OOC to release award and settlement figures:
“However, based on the volume of recent inquiries regarding payment of awards and settlements reached under the CAA, I am releasing these figures beginning with Fiscal Year 1997, up to and including FY 2017.”
By “volume of recent inquiries regarding payment of awards and settlements,” Grundmann was alluding to inquiries provoked by recent news concerning Congressmen Al Franken’s and John Conyers’ sexual misconduct.
Below is a table of settlements and awards paid by the Office of Compliance from 1997 to 2017 (click to enlarge). Note that I added the following to the table:
The words “HR – Senate” for the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.
The letters “R” (Republican) and “D” (Democrat) to indicate the majority party in control of the House or Senate that year.
The red circles.
The last line in the table: “Total 1997-2017 / 264 / $17,240,854”
As you can see from the table:
2007 was the worst year, with the highest number of settlements (25) and the largest amount in total settlements and awards ($4,053,274), averaging $162,130 per settlement.
2002 is notable for the largest amount paid to each complainant — an average of $397,407 to each of the ten complainants.
Grundmann would not divulge which legislative entities were involved, or which member of Congress was accused of wrongdoing, or what the payoff was for.She writes:
AA large portion of cases originate from employing offices in the legislative branch other than the House of Representatives or the Senate, and involve various statutory provisions incorporated by the CAA, such as the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The statistics on payments are not further broken down into specific claims because settlements may involve cases that allege violations of more than one of the 13 statutes incorporated by the CAA.”
Indeed, the Office of Compliance is under no obligation to inform the American people. This is what is stated on OOC’s “Contact Us” webpage:
The Office of Compliance is part of the legislative branch and is therefore not subject to the Freedom of Information Act.
The Office of Compliance is a part of Congress, the legislative branch of the U.S. federal government, with a 5-member, non-partisan Board of Directors who, in turn, appoint OOC’s executive staff, including its executive director. Susan Tsui Grundmann became Executive Director of the Office of Compliance in January 2017. Here’s her contact information:
John Adams Building
110 2nd Street SE, Room LA 200
Washington, DC 20540-1999
You should be outraged by this.
We, the taxpayers, paid $17.24 million (1997-2017) in hush money for Congress’ misdeeds. We have the right to be told the names of the miscreants, what they did, how much each has cost taxpayers, and how much is in that secret slush fund.
To contact your representatives in Congress, click here.
Brave Billy: Coming out with details over two decades later…
So now hitting on a woman is considered “sexual impropriety?” Careful what rules you want to establish while trying to deflect, proggies.
From MSN: Actor Billy Baldwin on Thursday alleged that President Trump hit on his wife at a party, calling the president a “5th degree black belt when it comes to sexual impropriety allegations.” “Your Dad is a 5th degree black belt when it comes to sexual impropriety allegations. In fact… I once had a party at the Plaza Hotel… your father showed up uninvited and hit on my wife… invited her on his helicopter to Atlantic City,” Baldwin tweeted.
“She showed his fat a** the door,” he added. Baldwin’s tweet came in response to a post from Donald Trump Jr. sharing the latest allegations against Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.).
Sexual misconduct has been a major focus in Washington in recent weeks. In addition to Franken, Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore has been accused of making advances on teenage girls when he was in his 30s. Multiple women have accused Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.), the longest serving member in the House, of sexual misconduct.
Allegations of sexual misconduct against Trump surfaced during the 2016 presidential campaign. Trump denied the accusations, and on Tuesday appeared to throw his support behind Moore and downplayed the allegations against him.
Baldwin’s brother, Alec, has been a staunch critic of Trump. Alec has drawn Trump’s ire for his portrayal of the president on “Saturday Night Live.”
Y‘all may regret that decision, ladies.
From Entertainment Weekly: Women who worked with Al Franken on Saturday Night Live are stepping out to support him — 36 “SNL Women,” to be exact.
The comic-turned-senator, who spent a total of 15 years on the series as a writer and performer, faced sexual misconduct accusations by KABC radio anchor Leeann Tweeden last week, who claimed Franken groped her and kissed her without consent during a USO tour in 2006, and even released a photo of Franken appearing to be grabbing her breasts while she was sleeping. Franken has since apologized and Tweeden accepted it, and now, his former colleagues are speaking out in solidarity with him.
“We feel compelled to stand up for Al Franken, whom we have all had the pleasure of working with over the years on Saturday Night Live (SNL),” begins a statement signed by the 36 women, including Not Ready for Prime Time Players Jane Curtin and Laraine Newman. “What Al did was stupid and foolish, and we think it was appropriate for him to apologize to Ms. Tweeden, and to the public. In our experience, we know Al as a devoted and dedicated family man, a wonderful comedic performer, and an honorable public servant. That is why we are moved to quickly and directly affirm that after years of working with him, we would like to acknowledge that not one of us ever experienced any inappropriate behavior; and mention our sincere appreciation that he treated each of us with the utmost respect and regard.”
Last weekend’s episode of Saturday Night Live didn’t exactly go easy on Franken. “Now, I know this photo looks bad, but remember — it also is bad,” Colin Jost quipped during Weekend Update, later adding, “Sure, this was taken before Franken ran for public office, but it was also taken after he was a sophomore in high school. It’s pretty hard to be like, ‘Oh, come on, he didn’t know anything — he was only 55.’”
I believe the womyn supporting Franken wrote this letter before pictures surfaced of Franken groping Arianna Huffington during a photo shoot. Oops…
Do you find anal rape to be funny?
What about a father anal raping his son? Do you find that funny?
You should know that a United States senator think a father anal raping his son is funny.
In 2000, Comedy Central hosted the N.Y. Friars Club Roast of director Rob “Meathead” Reiner. The roast was recorded and released as a TV movieon November 1, 2000.
One of the roasters was Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota), 66, who is very much in the news for groping sports commentator Leeann Tweeden’s breasts while she was asleep. (Franken was narrowly elected senator in 2008.)
Franken “joked” about Rob’s father, director-actor-comedian Carl Reiner who directed The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-1966), anal raping baby Rob and inviting his friends to do likewise.
Here’s a transcript of Franken’s roast:
Franken: “On a typical night, Carl [Reiner] would slip into Rob’s bed, roll him over, swab him down and say something like, ‘I’m thinking about hiring Morey Amsterdam to play Buddy Sorrell, what do you think?’”
Reiner: “Oh, Jesus.”
Franken: “Well, the success of The Dick Van Dyke Show changed things dramatically, Carl started inviting many of his famous friends to fuck his son.”
So Al Franken and Rob Reiner both find anal rape of babies funny?
How about Scott Linnell of South Carolina, who was arrested for possession of violent, sadistic child porn, including infants?
How about actual rape of babies, not just child porn? Do Senator Franken and Rob Reiner find that funny? Like Heather Koon and James Osborne, who were arrested in Ohio for raping an infant at a daycare center?
Fox19 reports, October 5, 2013, that Lorain County police arrested James Osborne, a registered sex offender, and confiscated a laptop found in his apartment which contained a video of Heather Koon, 25, “engaging in sexual conduct with an unknown infant”.
Police had to figure out who the child was, and determined the child was one of the children in the ABC Kidz Child Care Center in Elyria, Ohio, where Koon was an employee.
The child’s father, who wants to remain anonymous, said:
“I still haven’t wrapped my mind around it. It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. They [ABC Kidz] tried to act like it was a simple assault. A few hours later they called us back again and asked us to keep it discrete. Any child [at ABC Kidz] that’s old enough to talk, they should talk to. Any child that’s not old enough to talk should be taken to a physician.”
A law enforcement agent told actress Blake Lively that the youngest victim of child pornography he’s seen “still had the umbilical cord attached”. (NewsBusters)
A poster on Voat discovered a massive sadistic pedophile “community” at a social network site called Tribe, where child porn of the sickest sort is openly available, and where sadistic pedophiles boast of “no limits” to their twisted perversities.
Although I had known about Tribe months ago, I couldn’t bring myself to post about it because what Tribe‘s members write about is so horrific and demonic.
So, consider yourself forewarned.
On Tribe, members can initiate a discussion on a particular subject by starting a new thread. One of the threads is terrible and truly evil, titled “Newborn Snuff,” which was begun on October 2, 2015 by a member who calls himself BabySnuff. This is what BabySnuff wrote (WARNING: Graphic language):
“Anyone else have a fantasy of raping a newborn to death? Kidnap a woman off the street, rape her and impregnate her, then when she gives birth, immediately shove your cock inside the newborn and rape it, tearing it apart with your cock. Once you cum, and the baby is a broken mess, just shove it back inside the whore it came from.”
Below are some of the comments on that thread:
“HAIL SATAN. its the best”
“HAIL SATAN! I need to give myself to him to become a temple 4 him to enter & instruct me how to fuck NB’s as a way of worshiping him!!”
“i want to ruff fuck bbys balls deep on my cock & worship satan with a large group of nepi bby snffers into 666!!!! ”
Other threads on Tribe include incest, cannibalism, and spreading AIDS via “gay” sex.
Founded in 2005, Tribe has been active online for more than a decade. The owner and founder is Mark Pincus, a founding investor of Twitter and Facebook and, like Al Franken and Rob Reiner, a member of the Jewish tribe. He said in 2008:
“We’ve kept Tribe going not because we believed it would turn into a phenomenal business success like Bebo or Facebook, but because I think it serves a really valuable role for the community.”
Want to know who are the enemies of liberty in Congress? Here’s a list of 19 Senators who just voted to censor the Internet.
On November 18, 2010, the lame duck Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously voted to move forward with censoring the Internet via the COICA bill, S. 3804, although the bill is a clear violation of the First Amendment.
Here’s what the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an international non-profit digital rights advocacy and legal organization based in the United States, says about S. 3804:
The “Combating Online Infringements and Counterfeits Act” (COICA) is an Internet censorship bill which is rapidly making its way through the Senate. Although it is ostensibly focused on copyright infringement, an enormous amount of noninfringing content, including political and other speech, could disappear off the Web if it passes.
The main mechanism of the bill is to interfere with the Internet’s domain name system (DNS), which translates names like “www.eff.org” or “www.nytimes.com” into the IP addresses that computers use to communicate. The bill creates a blacklist of censored domains; the Attorney General can ask a court to place any website on the blacklist if infringement is “central” to the purpose of the site.
If this bill passes, the list of targets could conceivably include hosting websites such as Dropbox, MediaFire and Rapidshare; MP3 blogs and mashup/remix music sites like SoundCloud, MashupTown and Hype Machine ; and sites that discuss and make the controversial political and intellectual case for piracy, like pirate-party.us, p2pnet, InfoAnarchy, Slyck and ZeroPaid . Indeed, had this bill been passed five or ten years ago, YouTube might not exist today. In other words, the collateral damage from this legislation would be enormous. (Why would all these sites be targets?) There are already laws and procedures in place for taking down sites that violate the law. This act would allow the Attorney General to censor sites even when no court has found they have infringed copyright or any other law.
Although countless experts have said S. 3814 would be ineffective, unconstitutional, bad for innovation and the tech economy, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved of the bill anyway. Hypocrites that they are, many of the same senators who voted in favor of net censorship have been speaking out against internet censorship in other countries. Here are the Dirty 19 (12 Demonrats, 7 RINOs):
Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Maryland)
Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma)
Chris Coons (D-Delaware)
John Cornyn (R-Texas)
Dick Durbin (D-Illinois)
Russ Feingold (D-Wisconsin)
Dianne Feinstein (D-California)
Al Franken (D-Minnesota)
Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina)
Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)
Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah)
Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota)
Herb Kohl (D-Wisconsin)
Jon Kyl (R-Arizona)
Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vermont)
Chuck Schumer (D-New York)
Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama)
Arlen Specter (D-Pennsylvania)
Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island)
[Source: Aletho News]
H/t beloved fellow Joseph Fasciani. ~Eowyn