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Just in time for the Oscars tonight: “The award for the biggest pedophile goes to…”

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From Hollywood Reporter: With a nod to the Oscar-nominated Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, conservative street artist Sabo has hijacked three billboards in Hollywood to attack the entertainment industry for allegedly shielding pedophiles.

Reminiscent of the signage in the Martin McDonagh film, which is up for seven Oscars including best picture, with black text on a field of red, three consecutive billboards in Hollywood sprang up Wednesday, each calling out the industry.

“And the Oscar for biggest pedophile goes to …” reads one sign.

Another says, “We all knew and still no arrests.”

A third billboard reads: “Name names on stage or shut the hell up!”

Until the artist, who goes by the name Sabo, took over the signage early Wednesday, the billboards were legitimate advertisements. Sabo manufactured fake overlays measuring as large as 48 feet across by 14 feet high and hired a crew of six men to help with installation, he told The Hollywood Reporter.

The first of the three massive signs appeared near the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and La Brea Avenue in Hollywood and another was a few hundred yards north. Still another appeared a few hundred yards from that one, mimicking the arrangement in the film, where three signs appeared in a row alongside a highway.

Sabo has posted faux ads attacking Hollywood on other occasions, but he said he considers the hijacking of three giant billboards on a single day his largest mission yet. The last time he took over a billboard was in November when he altered a sign for The Greatest Showman to make it appear like Sen. Al Franken was grabbing at Zendaya, who starred as a trapeze artist in the movie.

Franken, a former Saturday Night Live actor, has since resigned from the Senate amid allegations that he sexually harassed women, and nearly 100 other men in the entertainment industry also have been publicly accused of sexual misconduct since claims were made against Harvey Weinstein nearly five months ago.

Sabo says his signage is meant to criticize those who allegedly enabled sexual harassment with their silence, and to tell celebrities they should refrain from preaching during their Oscar acceptance speeches — for this one year, at least.

Read the rest of the story here.

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More virtue signaling: Female demorats planning to wear black to Trump’s SOTU address

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Demorats in solidarity with this victim?/AP Photo

Will Juanita Broaddrick receive an invite from the democrat working group that hopes to “transcend party lines?”

From Glamour: At the 2018 Golden Globes, the red carpet was flooded with black dresses and Time’s Up pins, a coordinated protest against sexual abuse and harassment in Hollywood and other industries. Though responses to the blackout (and the efficacy of this type of showing) was mixed, it does appear to have inspired a similar movement in a different field: politics.

NBC News reports that another blackout demonstration against sexual misconduct is in the works—this time, in Washington, D.C., on the occasion of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address. On January 30 members of Congress, led by the Democratic Women’s Working Group, are invited to wear black to the address as an act of solidarity. Representative Jackie Speier, a Democrat from California who will be participating, told NBC News: “This is a culture change that is sweeping the country, and Congress is embracing it.”

Last year female Democrats staged a similar fashion demonstration when President Trump addressed a joint session of Congress for the first time: They wore white as an homage to the women’s suffrage movement, and to make a statement about women’s rights. They documented it with the hashtag #WomenWearWhite.

While lawmakers in Washington are often starkly divided by their political affiliations, Speier and other organizers hope that a call to stand up for victims of sexual harassment and abuse will transcend party lines, with members of both parties showing up in black.

Capitol Hill is no stranger to the rampant sexual abuse that has plagued professional environments, from film to farming. A November New York Times report described sexual harassment as an “occupational hazard” for women entering politics; in the same month, 50 women spoke to CNN about their experiences with harassment while working in Washington. And when it comes to individual politicians (mostly male), accusations of sexual misconduct abound: Most notably, President Trump has dodged and denied accusations of sexual harassment since his 2016 campaign, while Senator Al Franken and Representative John Conyers (both Democrats) stepped down from office following allegations of their misconduct.

The Golden Globes blackout was met with criticism, many notes that seeing a sea of black dresses—and reading the statements of actresses who participated—made for one of the most meaningful red carpets in entertainment history. At this time, few politicians have announced their intentions to wear black alongside the Democratic Women’s Working Group to the State of the Union. On January 30 we’ll see which lawmakers step up—and whether the President responds to the protest.

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Normalizing cannibalism via jokes and pop culture

For some years now, efforts are underway to “normalize,” i.e., legitimate pedophilia. See:

One way to normalize something that is illegal/immoral is to joke about it.

That is why Gretchen Sisson, Ph.D., a “feminist” sociologist at the University of California – San Francisco research group Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH), wants TV shows to joke about abortion.

Toni Airaksinen reports for Campus Reform, Jan. 2, 2018, that in an article in the new issue of the journal Feminist Media Studies, Sisson proposes that television shows should use “abortion plotlines” as a valuable tool to help “destigmatize” abortion:

The purpose of including an abortion plotline is simply to make jokes about abortion, recognizing that such satire is valuable for some people as both a means and an end. This should not be surprising: comedy has often been used as a subversive way of challenging predominant social structures.

Now we know the hidden agenda for Senator Al Franken’s ‘joke’ about the anal rape of babies, as if that is something funny.

Knowing all that — that a way to normalize something is to joke about it — we should be alarmed by “jokes” being made about cannibalism.

(1) John McAfee

John McAfee, 72, a libertarian, is the founder of McAfee Associates that created the first commercial antivirus software.

On January 9, 2018, in a series of tweets, McAfee “joked” about being a cannibal.

Another tweeter CryptoSpider asks McAfee, “Chronologically incorrect? Dont u mean categorically incorrect? Or did you eat small children at some point then stopped?”. To which McAfee replied:

“In the early 80’s i used to dabble a bit in child eating. As I got older they no longer agreed with me.”

” And to be honest, i still slip from time to time and devour a third or fourth grader.”

Asked “so are you upset about the eating small children part or the chronological order part?,” McAfee replied:

“The Chronological order part of course. I stopped the practice years ago.”

(2) Steve Huffman

Steve Huffman, 34, is the co-founder, CEO and forum administrator of the content-sharing and chat website Reddit, where he uses the alias Spez.

Huffman/Spez banned Pizzagate as a subject for a sub-Reddit thread, but not cannibalism. The sub-Reddit for cannibalism /r/Cannibals is titled “We Eat People“; the moderator was Spez but now is someone called FuzzyNavel, who is suspected to be Huffman under a different alias, but denies it.

Someone on the 4chan message board compiled a composite of comments (see below) made by Steve Huffman “Spez” and “FuzzyNavel” on cannibalism:

Spez: “Shit. No skeletons in my closet, but a few in the fridge.”

FuzzyNavel: “The night I learned the truth and consumed human flesh. With BBQ sauce, of course.”

There is even an entire sub-Reddit called “Spez is a Cannibal“.

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Another way to normalize cannibalism is to make it a theme in pop culture via:

(1) Zombie movies and TV shows; the Twilight movies that romanticize vampires:

And let’s not forget Reza Aslan, the CNN host who dined on human brain with cannibals. Aslan’s series was called “Believer”:

Even the game show Jeopardy had to make a point that a contestant — proofreader/editor Flora Leen — on a recent episode, broadcast on January 10, 2018, had dined with cannibals.

(2) Cannibalism as art:

  • Marina Abramovic’s “spirit cooking,” in which menstrual blood, breast milk, urine and sperm are mixed to create a “painting”.
  • The 2011 annual gala of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s simulated cannibalism, wherein Hollywood stars, such as Pamela Anderson, consumed pieces of cakes molded into life-size images of Marina Abramovic and pop singer Debbie Harry.

(3) Pop singer Katy Perry, who is on video saying she had sold to the Devil, glamorizes cannibalism in a music video of her 2017 single, “Bon Appétit”. The music video is a macabre step-by-step cooking recipe featuring the singer as the main course, ending with Perry about to dine from a plate full of human body parts.

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H/t Voat

~Eowyn

Demorats now want accused groper Al Franken back

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Al Franken: Not a predator

Shocker, not.

Via NY Post: Some Democratic senators now regret pushing accused groper Sen. Al Franken to resign, and are urging him to stay on, according to a new report.

“I think we acted prematurely, before we had all the facts,” one anonymous senator told Politico. “In retrospect, I think we acted too fast.”

Franken reluctantly bowed to his colleagues’ demands to step down earlier this month after he was accused of sexual assault by eight women, saying he’d leave the Senate “in the coming weeks.” Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith has been tapped as his replacement.

But at least four senators — including three who initially joined the chorus demanding the handsy lawmaker step down — now want the Minnesota pol to reconsider his planned January exit, the site reports.

Leading the call is West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin — who never called on Franken to resign in the first place, and who believes he should have been allowed to go through a Senate Ethics Committee probe.

“Here’s a man, that all he said [was], ‘Take me through the Ethics Committee. I will live by whatever decision and I will walk away thinking about this opportunity I’ve had while I was here. But you find out if I’m a predator,’” Manchin told Politico.

Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, who publicly demanded Franken resign at the time, is also said to be among those having regrets, Politico reports.

Some Democratic donors are on board, too.

“I and many other people — and specifically feminists — feel that it’s not too late, that he should not resign, and that the rush to sweep him out was ill-conceived, and we think that he has been supportive of women and women’s issues,” said retired New York state Supreme Court judge Emily Jane Goodman.

But “people familiar with Franken’s plans” tell Politico he isn’t budging, and will officially resign in January.

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30-40 members of Congress may be accused of sexual misconduct

The resignation of Sen. Al Franken (D-Minnesota), accused by women of sexual misconduct, is just the beginning of the draining of the Congressional swamp.

See also “Sadistic pedophiles and Sen. Al Franken’s ‘joke’ about anal rape of babies”.

Chris Wallace, host of Fox News Sunday, said this yesterday:

“I’ve heard reports that as many as 30 or 40 members of the House and Senate may face allegations of sexual harassment.

From a secret slush fund of Congress, taxpayers had paid over $17 million (between 1997 and 2017) in “awards” to settle complaints and disputes involving “legislative branch entities,” including Congress.

Now we are told that taxpayers had paid $200,000 to an accuser of Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Florida), and $84,000 for Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), for their sexual misconduct.

Demand that Hastings and Farenthold repay what we taxpayers had paid for their sexual misdeeds.

Drain the Congress Swamp!!!

See also “Draining of the Liberal Media Swamp: Matt Lauer, Garrison Keillor and Time magazine”.

~Eowyn

Taxpayers paid $17+M in Congress’ hush-money settlements

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:

  1. Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970
  2. Federal Labor Relations Act
  3. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  4. Americans with Disabilities Act
  5. Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  6. Family and Medical Leave Act
  7. Fair Labor Standards Act
  8. Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  9. Worker Adjustment and Retraining Act
  10. Employee Polygraph Protection Act
  11. Veterans’ employment and reemployment rights under Chapter 43 of Title 38 of the U.S. Code.
  12. Veterans Employment Opportunities Act
  13. 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
Phone: 202-724-9250
Fax: 202-426-1913

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.

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Update:

Reacting to taxpayers’ outrage about the hush-money slush-fund, three bills have been introduced in Congress to address this issue:

  1. A bill requiring lawmakers to pay back the funds, and have the amounts posted on a government website.
  2. A bill to stop the use of tax payer money and have the lawmakers face possible expulsion.
  3. A bill requiring lawmakers in past cases pay back the funds with interest, stop future payments, and ban non-disclosure agreements.

~Eowyn