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Post by AndyinPA » Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:30 pm

More is revealed:

https://crooksandliars.com/2017/12/tren ... -real-life
Apparently Rep. Trent Franks decided he wanted to live his own real life Handmaids Tale storyline by paying one of his young, fruitful staffers $5,000,000 to carry his baby.

Blessed be the fruit.

Oh, and the story gets even worse, if that is possible. He allegedly wanted to impregnate the aide the old-fashioned way. Yes, he wanted to have sex with the aide. You know, like the movie Indecent Proposal. Gross.

Politico reports that not only did Franks made these unwanted and disgusting advances on at least two of his staff members, but he reportedly retaliated against one who turned him down. She filed a complaint based on the sexual harassment and retaliation.



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The dam is breaking for sure. Here is another one, not a member of Congress

Prominent appeals court Judge Alex Kozinski accused of sexual misconduct

A former clerk for Judge Alex Kozinski said the powerful and well-known jurist, who for many years served as chief judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, called her into his office several times and pulled up pornography on his computer, asking if she thought it was photoshopped or if it aroused her sexually.

Heidi Bond, who clerked for Kozinski from 2006 to 2007, said the porn was not related to any case. One set of images she remembered was of college-age students at a party where “some people were inexplicably naked while everyone else was clothed.” Another was a sort of digital flip book that allowed users to mix and match heads, torsos and legs to create an image of a naked woman.

Bond is one of six women — all former clerks or externs in the 9th Circuit — who alleged to The Washington Post in recent weeks that Kozinski, now 67 and still serving as a judge on the court, subjected them to a range of inappropriate sexual conduct or comments. She is one of two former clerks who said Kozinski asked them to view porn in his chambers.
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Heidi Bond, who clerked for Kozinski from 2006 to 2007, said the porn was not related to any case.
Which is consistent for the time period when the AK was busted for having his porn server.


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Post by mmmirele » Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:26 pm

Heidi Bond writes romance novels under the pen name Courtney Milan. A friend of mine who is a romance novelist shared this link with me, it's Bond's own account of how fucked up working for Kozinski was.

http://www.courtneymilan.com/metoo/kozinski.html

I swear, I was on the verge of hysterically weeping tears of rage for Heidi Bond's sake when I finished.



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mmmirele wrote:
Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:26 pm
A friend of mine who is a romance novelist shared this link with me, it's Bond's own account of how fucked up working for Kozinski was.

http://www.courtneymilan.com/metoo/kozinski.html
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Post by Mr Pfister » Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:28 pm

I'm still waiting for the REAL "reckoning" in our society ala Jerry Sundusky.

In 2014 I took some time to find reliable solid data on Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) in the US.

Using 2 sources: Centers for Disease Control and American Psychological Association, I found that:

1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys WILL suffer some form of CSA by the time they reach adulthood. By comparison, in that same year 1 in 300 boys and 1 in 330 girls will be affected by some form of childhood cancer by adulthood (actually, the cancer stats stated by age 20, but pretty close)

Additionally, 90% of Sex Offenders in the US are male, and 90% of Sex Offenders in the US were first victims. I want to point out that I do not believe this justifies, defends or excuses in any way shape or form adult Sex Offenders.

The lesson I draw from this is, today, our society is cranking out tomorrow's Sex Offenders like an extremely well oiled machine.

Our popular media is focused on the female victims and I do not in any way denigrate or lessen the importance of doing so, however, until we as a society take a similar approach to those abusing the little boys of our nation, this dilemma will NEVER stop

Full disclosure: for the purposes of the statistics listed above, CDC defines CSA as any form of sexual contact with a minor that is considered harmful, assuming all such contact is non consensual by nature and therefore harmful. As such this definition includes inappropriate verbal sexual contact, displays or pornography, any form of physical sexual contact including touching and full on physical sexual assault.

Also, the incidence of CSA statistics were sources from CDC while the percentage of Sex Offender statistics were sourced from APA.



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WaPo: Prominent appeals court Judge Alex Kozinski accused of sexual misconduct:
In a statement, Kozinski said: “I have been a judge for 35 years and during that time have had over 500 employees in my chambers. I treat all of my employees as family and work very closely with most of them. I would never intentionally do anything to offend anyone and it is regrettable that a handful have been offended by something I may have said or done.”
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Thanks for posting this, Mr Phister, all of it.
Mr Pfister wrote:
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In 2014 I took some time to find reliable solid data on Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) in the US.


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Axios - Mike Allen
Schumer calls cops after forged sex scandal charge

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he was the victim of a fake news hit on Tuesday, and has turned over to Capitol Police a document that purports to detail lurid sexual harassment accusations by a former staffer.

Why it matters: This was an apparent effort to dupe a news organization and smear a senator — both symptoms of an amped-up news environment where harassment charges are proliferating and reporters have become targets for fraud. ...

The woman named in the document was a legislative staffer for Schumer from 2009 to 2012, and is now a career employee of the federal government.

The former staffer said she took the matter to Washington, D.C. police on Tuesday. She said the police told her they were unsure of their jurisdiction in the case. She said she now plans to go to Capitol Police.

She told me in a statement: "The claims in this document are completely false, my signature is forged, and even basic facts about me are wrong. I have contacted law enforcement to determine who is responsible. I parted with Senator Schumer's office on good terms and have nothing but the fondest memories of my time there."


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Post by maydijo » Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:00 am

Mr Pfister wrote:
Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:28 pm
I'm still waiting for the REAL "reckoning" in our society ala Jerry Sundusky.

In 2014 I took some time to find reliable solid data on Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) in the US.

Using 2 sources: Centers for Disease Control and American Psychological Association, I found that:

1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys WILL suffer some form of CSA by the time they reach adulthood. By comparison, in that same year 1 in 300 boys and 1 in 330 girls will be affected by some form of childhood cancer by adulthood (actually, the cancer stats stated by age 20, but pretty close)

Additionally, 90% of Sex Offenders in the US are male, and 90% of Sex Offenders in the US were first victims. I want to point out that I do not believe this justifies, defends or excuses in any way shape or form adult Sex Offenders.

The lesson I draw from this is, today, our society is cranking out tomorrow's Sex Offenders like an extremely well oiled machine.

Our popular media is focused on the female victims and I do not in any way denigrate or lessen the importance of doing so, however, until we as a society take a similar approach to those abusing the little boys of our nation, this dilemma will NEVER stop

Full disclosure: for the purposes of the statistics listed above, CDC defines CSA as any form of sexual contact with a minor that is considered harmful, assuming all such contact is non consensual by nature and therefore harmful. As such this definition includes inappropriate verbal sexual contact, displays or pornography, any form of physical sexual contact including touching and full on physical sexual assault.

Also, the incidence of CSA statistics were sources from CDC while the percentage of Sex Offender statistics were sourced from APA.
I could not agree more. When we put things like this into the "women's issues" box we minimize them two-fold: first because women's issues are generally seen as unimportant, and secondly because men are affected too. Even if you are not a victim off sexual assault, you are affected by it. To give one example, women know that they are overwhelmingly more likely to be assaulted by a man than by a woman. This is why we cross the street to avoid you. If you are one of the majority of good guys who would never assault anyone, this assumption can be offensive. Wouldn't it be great if we actually fixed this thing so that women felt safe around strangers? Wouldn't that make for a nicer world for all of us?



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https://amp.thedailybeast.com/mike-cern ... ssion=true
Alt-Right Hyped Sexual Harassment Hoax to Attack Top Dem

On Tuesday afternoon, right-wing social media personalities Charles Johnson and Mike Cernovich boasted of obtaining a document that would put a senator out of a job.

“Michael Cernovich & I are going to end the career of a U.S. Senator,” Johnson posted on Facebook on Monday.

Indeed, elements of the fake complaint against Schumer appear to have been lifted verbatim from a real sexual harassment lawsuit against Conyers. That complaint was unearthed by BuzzFeed—after Cernovich, a right-wing media personality, provided them with documents from a second, similar complaint against Conyers.
Cernovich quickly backtracked once it was reported Schumer’s office had gone to police on Tuesday. (Under D.C. law, forging a document filed in a public office is punishable by up to 10 years in jail or a $25,000 fine.)

“There’s language that looks like it came from some of the Conyers stuff, like it might have been copied from there,” Cernovich said during a Tuesday evening broadcast on Periscope. Cernovich now said he thought the document was a hoax, but it “still could be confirmed.”


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So Kozinski: more women have come forward. And three of his current clerks quit.

The 9th has opened an inquiry. The 9th's chief has requested The Chief assign the inquiry to another circuit.


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Politico
Ethics Committee launches investigation into Kihuen

The House Ethics Committee has launched an investigation into Rep. Ruben Kihuen over allegations of sexual harassment, the panel announced on Friday.

Yet the Kihuen investigation may prove difficult for the Ethics panel to handle. The allegations against Kihuen involve behavior that reportedly took place before he was sworn into Congress. While there is no rule preventing the Ethics Committee from looking at actions taken by a lawmaker before his or her election, it has traditionally shied away from doing so. It's also an open question whether the Ethics Committee even has the authority to sanction pre-congressional behavior. The freshman Nevada Democrat has been accused of harassing two women — a former campaign aide and a Nevada lobbyist.

Kihuen denies the allegations and has rejected calls for his resignation from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Ben Ray Lujan (N.M.).

“As I’ve said previously, I intend to fully cooperate, and I welcome an opportunity to clear my name," Kihuen said in a statement following the Ethics Committee's announcement.


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Ethics committee expands Rep. Farenthold probe

The House Ethics Committee announced late Thursday that it was expanding its investigation into GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold to include allegations he improperly used official resources for campaign activities, as well as lying to the panel.

Farenthold is already under investigation over claims that he sexually harassed at least one former staffer.

Thursday’s announcement, however, means the stakes have gone up dramatically for the Texas Republican, as misuse of official resources is a potential violation of both House rules and federal law.

Farenthold has already announced he will retire due to the scandal surrounding the harassment allegations. A former aide, Lauren Greene, received an $84,000 in taxpayer funds as part of a secret settlement after she sued Farenthold in December 2014 for gender discrimination, sexual harassment and creating a hostile work environment. The Ethics Committee has sought to interview Greene, although it is unclear if that meeting has taken place yet.
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House Ethics Member Reportedly Settled Sexual Misconduct Case With Taxpayer Money

House Speaker Paul Ryan has ordered an ethics investigation into sexual harassment allegations against Pennsylvania Rep. Patrick Meehan after a report Saturday that Meehan used taxpayer funds to settle a harassment complaint.

According to The New York Times, the 62-year-old Republican congressman confidentially settled a misconduct complaint filed by a much younger former staffer, paid from Meehan's congressional office fund. ...

A spokesman for Rep. Meehan denies the allegations. The congressman has asked the former aide to waive the confidentiality agreement in order to "ensure a full and open airing of all the facts."

Meehan had been a member of the House Ethics Committee, a group charged with investigating several recent sexual harassment allegations against congressmen, but has been asked by Ryan to step down from the committee effective immediately.

NPR's Brakkton Booker reports that the speaker has also told Meehan to repay the taxpayer funds.


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Rubio fires chief of staff for improper relations with subordinates

Sen. Marco Rubio has fired his chief of staff after determining he violated office policies regarding proper relations between a supervisor and subordinates.

Rubio said in a statement that an investigation concluded his chief of staff Clint Reed engaged in behavior that "in my judgement amounted to threats to withhold employment benefits."

Rubio announced the decision to fire Reed just before midnight on Saturday. The Florida Republican said he became aware “for the first time” on Friday “of allegations of improper conduct by my Chief of Staff while under the employment of my office.”

Rubio said the allegations were reported directly to him and that he then immediately began an investigation with his general counsel.

“By early this afternoon, I had sufficient evidence to conclude that while employed by this office, my Chief of Staff had violated office policies regarding proper relations between a supervisor and their subordinates,” Rubio said.


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Newsweek: How an Alt-Right Bot Network Took Down Al Franken

White nationalist provocateurs, a pair of fake news sites, an army of Twitter bots and other cyber tricks helped derail Democratic Senator Al Franken last year, new research shows.


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Crossposting

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/02/white- ... rats-fell/
White nationalists and Twitter bots fueled the war against Al Franken — and the Democrats fell for it
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19 Feb 2018 at 07:17 ET

A group of fake news sites, white nationalists and far-right fake Twitter accounts were reportedly behind the campaign against Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), and Democrats fell for it.

According a report from Unhack the Vote, while everyone was focused on the Russian meddling of the 2016 election, another campaign was being run out of Japan. Leeann Tweeden’s initial allegation against Franken was quickly turned into propaganda after being hinted at by Trump ally Roger Stone.

A group of Japan-based sites were created the day before Tweeden came forward with her allegations and several Twitter bots ensured the stories about it went viral. The news was then picked up and fueled by Mike Cernovich and his fans, who issued thousands of tweets causing “FrankenFondels and “Franken is a groper” to gain traction. Meanwhile, eight former female staffers of Franken’s defended their old boss, but their voices were completely drowned out.

Beginning Nov. 15, Stone used one of his accounts that hasn’t been banned by Twitter to spread his message.

“Roger Stone says it’s Al Franken’s ‘time in the barrel.’ Franken next in long list of Democrats accused of ‘grabby’ behavior,” the account tweeted.

That day, RealUSA.site was created by a Japanese developer named Atsufumi Otsuka. A fake news site was grown and a second site popped up a few days later.

Tweeden’s story was promoted within hours by right wing media from Infowars and Breitbart to The Hill and KABC-LA, where Tweeden’s radio show is broadcast.

The Alliance for Securing Democracy explained that Russia Intelligence operations then ensured “Al Franken” was trending by Nov. 17 using a group of 600 fake accounts.

Right-wing troll Charles Johnson tweeted, “Thinking of offering money to people who go on tv and say Al Frank is a predator,” just days later. Cernovich wasn’t far behind.

While Johnson was tweeting out his message, Otsuka was starting another domain in Japan and building the second fake news site. The Google analytics account ID And Apple app ID both match name servers and registration for the sites, according to researchers.

Just days prior to Democrats calling for Franken to step down, the fake news sites republished a article from a smaller site by Ijeoma Oluo, urging women and activists to stop their defenses from Franken. “Dear Al Franken, I’ll Miss You But You Can’t Matter Anymore,” was its title. Thousands of fake Twitter accounts then ensured the article spread.

From there, Senate Democrats, lead by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) went on the attack and demanded Franken resign.


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When will Democrats quit falling for this shit? They always think they have to take right-wing outrage seriously in order to show they're better than that, or whatever. No, it only shows you're gullible saps whom the GOP plays again and again and again.



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Why were some trolls and hackers Japanese? Money or more?


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DejaMoo wrote:
Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:01 pm
When will Democrats quit falling for this shit? They always think they have to take right-wing outrage seriously in order to show they're better than that, or whatever. No, it only shows you're gullible saps whom the GOP plays again and again and again.
:yeah: I was shocked that so many assumed Franken was a pig when fucking Roger Stone was leading the charge. No investigation, no due process for Franken. He was a pig, end of story.

My opinion of Gillibrand dropped dramatically after that.


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But the right/alt-right knows the naive, liberal weakness: buckle under tiniest criticism and cave even more. So it keeps hitting. Works.
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Judging by the hundreds of comments on lots of articles, many people are angry about the ousting of Franken and have pledged that Gillibrand will never get their vote. However it came about, that has definitely divided Democrats. Whether those divisions will stick, whether Gillibrand will regain some of the support she seemed to lose, who knows. But she did not impress me personally with that move. Franken's alleged behavior, much of which I don't even believe, was nowhere in the same vein as the others. Not to mention his entire record in Congress proves that he was a tireless warrior for women.


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