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A Vermont Politician once said when you are in trouble and the crowd is chasing you, “Get out front of them”. That way at least it looks like you are leading the mob, not being run out of town.

Friendly Reminder: Al Franken Never Apologized And Said His Accusers Were Liars

Well, Stuart Smalley’s time in the U.S. Senate has come and gone. After eight women accused him of sexual harassment, the Minnesota Democrat decided resign in the coming weeks. Leeann Tweeden, a radio host, first lobbed allegations that he forcibly kissed and groped her during a 2006 USO tour through the Middle East. Lindsay Menz accused him of grabbing her buttocks during a photo op at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010. Before Thanksgiving, two more women alleged Franken grabbed their rear ends in 2007 and 2008 respectively; both occurred at political events. For a while, Democrats circled the wagons. They refused to say he should resign; a former Hillary Clinton staffer said Franken’s sexual misconduct was benign. [snip]

Maybe Franken thought he could hang on, maybe he thought his Senate colleagues thought better of him, which could have provided a buffer from which he could survive. No dice. Was it the whole ‘I’m a liberal Democrat’ mindset that kept Franken in a false sense of security? It surely explains where he went in his speech. He was obviously not willing to leave.

For one of Franken’s accusers, Army veteran Stephanie Kemplin, she was appalled, and rightfully so, at Franken’s inability to come to terms and own what he did; Kemplin alleges that Franken groped her breast in 2003 (via Washington Times): [snip]

We should just be honest here. This isn’t the Democrats cleaning house, owning their past, or trying to change the culture on the Hill. As Liz Harrington at the Free Beacon noted, it was the realization that Franken was expendable—Minnesota has a Democratic governor—and that his loss wouldn’t really reduce their ranks in the upper chamber. On top of that, they can redirect on Republicans without having to man the Franken-Conyers element on their flanks. This is solely about politics and nothing more. I know we know that; this is for the more left-leaning folks out there.

As Franken sees it, honking a boob or three is no big deal. After all it’s not like they were using them for anything at the time. No babies were fastened to them, so what’s the hollering about over a quick fondle.
Besides, in Franken’s world, I’m important, a member of the Senate and I thought it was hilarious too.

GOP Rep. Mia Love Calls for Farenthold to Resign Over 84K Harassment Settlement

Rep. Mia Love (R-UT) said Thursday evening that she believes Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) should resign in light of the $84,000 settlement for sexual harassment he made with taxpayer funds in 2015. Love told CNN that members of Congress need to hold themselves to a higher standard.

“I think that he should voluntarily resign because we I believe we have to hold ourselves to a higher standard,” Love said, “where he may not feel like his behavior was inappropriate obviously somebody did, obviously somebody felt uncomfortable.”

Love called the recent slew of sexual harassment allegations “a culture of behavior,” saying, “the fact is somebody was paid off and what’s really frustrating to me is that the money was used, it’s taxpayer dollars was used.”

She referenced a bill she introduced in the House last week called the Stop Taxpayer Obligations to Perpetrators of Sexual Harassment (STOP) Act which would prohibit payment within Congress for claims involving sexual harassment by members of Congress. [snip]

Farenthold is the only known sitting member of Congress to take advantage of the little-known congressional account which covers harassment and discrimination lawsuits. He claimed when the case was settled in 2015 that he didn’t engage in any wrongdoing. He also said in a recent interview that he is taking a personal loan to repay the taxpayer money used to settle the 2015 lawsuit.

The House Ethics Committee announced Thursday that it will be establishing an investigative subcommittee to look into the allegations against Farenthold.

Isn’t it nice when one can make unwanted overtures, insult another party or perhaps fondle a bit of flesh, then settle the resulting charges with OPM. Yeah, that OPM is your OPM, taxpayer money. Congress takes care of themselves quietly and we pay for their dirty laundry.
You should be so lucky to have a ‘Godfather’ such as that.

Democrat Representative Used $220K of Tax Payer Money For Sexual Harassment Settlement

Documents show that the United States Treasury used $220,000 of tax payer money to settle a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment committed by Florida Democrat Alcee Hastings against one of his staffers, reports Roll Call.

Winsome Packer, a former staff member of a congressional commission that promotes international human rights, said in documents that the congressman touched her, made unwanted sexual advances, and threatened her job. At the time, Hastings was the chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, where Packer worked.

Hastings has called Packer’s charges “ludicrous” and in documents said he never sexually harassed her.

“Until this evening, I had not seen the settlement agreement between the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) and Ms. Packer,” the congressman said in a statement Friday night. “This matter was handled solely by the Senate Chief Counsel for Employment. At no time was I consulted, nor did I know until after the fact that such a settlement was made.”

Hastings said that the lawsuit that Packer filed against him and an investigation by the House Ethics Committee were ultimately dismissed.

“I am outraged that any taxpayer dollars were needlessly paid to Ms. Packer,” he said.

It is worth noting that Rep. Alcee Hastings was indicted by a grand jury in 1981 for accepting bribes as a Federal Judge in exchange for a shorter sentencing for two-mob convicted felons, according to senate.gov. [snip]

Following years of committee proceedings, the Senate found Hastings guilty on 11 of 17 articles of impeachment. Former Ku Klux Klansman and Democrat icon Robert Byrd ordered Hastings removed from office, acting as the Senate president pro tempore. But, the senate did not bar him from holding future office.

Four years later, Hastings was elected to Congress where he has held office ever since.

One more bit of loveliness from the Jackass Party. They will never cease to amaze you with the amount of Progressive corruption they can pump up from the Marxist cloaca they call home.

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SUNY Geneseo Professor Under Fire For ‘Transphobic’ ‘Female or Shemale’ Presentation Slide

A professor at the State University of New York Geneseo is under investigation and may be fired after he administered a “quiz” to students that asked, “’Female or Shemale’: can you tell?”

Sociology professor David Sorbello’s quiz made headlines after an outraged student shared a photo of the slide online:

The New York Daily News reports the slide was part of Sorbello’s “Introduction to Sociology” class and asked students if they could discern who was born biologically female or who was trans.

Two students have claimed Sorbello made a comment about not taking “the wrong one home.”

Maybe some to the ‘femeles’ in the class could care less what they frag home, but we have doubts the many of the guys want to find out that their date has “tits with dicks”.

In response to Sorbello’s slide, SUNY Geneseo’s president, Denise A. Battles, announced the school would be investigating the incident, as it allegedly “pertains to our value of inclusivity.”

The statement also states the school will decide “if and what action is warranted” after investigating the reports about Sorbello’s slide and statements. [snip]

We’re spending way too many tax dollars and getting this in return. These snowflakes need to be paying their own way, with no Pell Grants and other government funds. If the universities and colleges have to start using their endowments one can believe much of this garbage will cease.

Mental Defectives

DOOR-ASS-BANG!

And take Hillary with you. Be careful the door knob doesn’t hit you in the small of the back.

There is a translation of Pelosi’s speech at the bottom of this post.

Pelosi face spasms mar speech; Utters gibberish, confuses ‘trillions’ and ‘billions’

What is wrong with Nancy Pelosi?

During her weekly press conference on Thursday, the House Minority Leader was seen stumbling over words, uttering gibberish, staring blankly at reporters, and on at least two occasions, suffering from face spasms. [snip]

“What an event-filled morning has been,” Pelosi began, botching her opening line.

It went downhill from there.

“Really one that, uh, marks a transf— for—” she said, before staring at reporters barely 10 seconds into the appearance, and finally saying, “transformative moment…”

Moments later, she confused “trillions” and “billions.” [snip]

No wonder the federal government is spending so wildly when leaders can’t tell a number that has 9 zeros from one that has 12.

“This is about the American people and how policy here affects them,” she said. After staring and murmuring something softly, she blurted out “low,” before continuing, “instead let’s go to the table…”

Answering a reporter’s question, she started by uttering gibberish, before recovering and saying, “We’re here for the American people…”

Seconds later, she said, “Education being essential. Education, by the way, being any money being spent on education that—” she said before stopping and staring at reporters, and continuing.

Pelosi suffered another facial spasm when she attempted to say “declaring an emergency.”

Suffering an apparent brain freeze, Pelosi said, “House and Senate, Democrats and Republicans and the White House, as to uh— what— when that will happen,” blurting it out.

Moments later, she struggled to say “continuing.”

“It has to happen soon so that we can have it done, uh, by the um— the end of the— con— ca— uh, the continuing resolution,” she finally said.

Is it any wonder more Democrats are calling for new leadership?

For all you alte kackers out there, like me perhaps you remember a puppet named Heeba Geeba. He was the essence of eloquence compared to her.
Now if you wish a translation of Pelosi speech, here it is.

The Wonderfulness of Government run Health care

When ObamaCare fails, and it will, the Jackass Party hopes to be in power to bring Single Payer Health Care (SPHC) to America. For a taste of this nightmare, just look at the UK.

NHS provokes fury with indefinite surgery ban for smokers and obese

The NHS will ban patients from surgery indefinitely unless they lose weight or quit smoking, under controversial plans drawn up in Hertfordshire.

The restrictions – thought to be the most extreme yet to be introduced by health services – immediately came under attack from the Royal College of Surgeons.

Its vice president called for an “urgent rethink” of policies which he said were “discriminatory” and went against the fundamental principles of the NHS.

In recent years, a number of areas have introduced delays for such patients – with some told operations will be put back for months, during which time they are expected to try to lose weight or stop smoking.

But the new rules, drawn up by clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Hertfordshire, say that obese patients “will not get non-urgent surgery until they reduce their weight” at all, unless the circumstances are exceptional.

The criteria also mean smokers will only be referred for operations if they have stopped smoking for at least eight weeks, with such patients breathalysed before referral.

East and North Hertfordshire CCG and Herts Valleys said the plans aimed to encourage people “to take more responsibility for their own health and wellbeing, wherever possible, freeing up limited NHS resources for priority treatment”.

Here’s an image of any socialized program.

Both are in financial difficulty, and between them seeking to save £68m during this financial year.

Ian Eardley, senior vice president of the Royal College of Surgeons, said it was wrong to bar NHS treatment to any group of patients.

“Singling out patients in this way goes against the principles of the NHS,” he said.

“This goes against clinical guidance and leaves patients waiting long periods of time in pain and discomfort. It can even lead to worse outcomes following surgery in some cases,” he said.

“There is simply no justification for these policies, and we urge all clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to urgently reverse these discriminatory measures.”

The senior surgeon said he was concerned that the latest rules were the “tip of the iceberg”. [snip]

You can translate the above anyway you like but the bottom line comes out the same: Insufficient funds to run the system. Like all socialized programs, projections are never met by the realities of the costs. Someone always has to pay a price for the sugar coated sales pitch.