Rep. Joe Barton: Using Congressional Office as a Concierge Service for Personal Lust

Yes, it is Thanksgiving.  Yes, I am thankful for my decent husband, family and friends.

But the festivities are overshadowed by the news that a Texas Congressman has the power to destroy the life of a woman he has slept with…. twice.

Video with him masturbating?  Hours of texts to her while he was supposed to be doing the work of the state?  Internet Congressional carnivore with multiple sexual partners?

I am… humiliated regarding the state of our elected leadership. We elect them. We can also destroy them.  It is time.

Your tax dollars at work


Your American Tax Dollars at Work

Working twelve hour days.

Working holidays.

Working weekends.

I am grateful my tax dollars are hard at work for me.

When will we have enough of our Congressmen?

And when will we demand open and transparent government?

In the Navy, a complaint of sexual harassment must be addressed within five business days.

In the halls of Congress,  lewd and inappropriate behavior is shielded; victims are intimidated by an intentionally unwieldy and hidden process.

And your tax dollars may be used to cover up Congressional impropriety.

Time to clean the Houses of Congress.

Time for the peasants to raise their pitchforks.

Am I bloody pissed?  You betcha!





Trump’s Twitter Feed

For those who have not figured it out yet:

Think of Trump’s Twitter feed as the alligator doing a death roll.

He is not thin-skinned.  He thinks like a reptile when putting his Tweets out against perceived enemies. Snatch, roll, drown.  It only takes a few seconds.

Posted 12 minutes ago @realdonaldtrump:

Shoplifting is a very big deal in China, as it should be (5-10 years in jail), but not to father LaVar. Should have gotten his son out during my next trip to China instead. China told them why they were released. Very ungrateful!

Posted 26 minutes ago @realdonaldtrump:

Sen. Jeff Flake(y), who is unelectable in the Great State of Arizona (quit race, anemic polls) was caught (purposely) on “mike” saying bad things about your favorite President. He’ll be a NO on tax cuts because his political career anyway is “toast.”

Posted 6 hours ago @realdonaldtrump:

Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal. I should have left them in jail!

Death roll.

‘Bout sums it up.


Family Research Council: A Nest of Hypocrisy

The Last English Prince has held the Family Research Council in low esteem for many years.  While working for the Dallas Morning News I was involved in a scenario where Tony Perkins dealt dirty from the deck with our editorial staff.  I lost respect, at that point.

Maybe it is just confirmation bias.  And maybe this “Christian” PAC needs to be marginalized:

Tony Perkins failed to report out to the proper authorities

The Josh Duggar story

Many years ago, the minister of our church received a late night call regarding a staff member involved with a young teen girl.  The perpetrator had actually stood on our lawn hours earlier with a youth group making the rounds with Christmas carols and thoughts of good cheer.

By midnight, the police were involved.  The next morning, crime tape was strung across the church offices, computers were confiscated, and the office of the staff member was locked down by investigators.

That is the way Christians are meant to respond. Lawfully, perhaps with a deep sense of sadness, but also with a view toward upholding the law.

Perhaps Tony Perkins has forgotten the Biblical admonition which is applicable for our faith:

For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.  Romans 13:4

Tony Perkins knew his organization was backing a sexual predator with a troubling history with young adult males.  He did…. nothing.  He provided shade and cover instead of following the precept from Romans 13:4.

Let agents of wrath now come to his doorstep as an investigation ensues.





Al Franken/Leeann Tweeden Incident: Pentagon Issues Expedited Recall


“Secondary to the the accusations leveled against Al Franken, the Pentagon has requested an expedited recall of all Flak jackets.  It is believed that a critical design flaw which allows a woman to experience a sensation of being groped while wearing the vest suggests that the armor is insufficient to protect against low velocity projectiles.”

Satire aside, having worn a Flak jacket in the field, I can attest to the sturdiness of the same and lack of maneuverability of the tailoring.  “Groping” a woman through a Flak jacket would be quite an accomplishment for most men.

Uncomfortable question:

Is this an image of a woman being groped or the image of a fake grope of a woman for purpose of comedy?

Second uncomfortable question:

In the current climate will the emasculation of men continue to the point that all men are reduced to political palace eunuchs? Do we really want men to be reduced to Caitlyn Jenner status?

Third uncomfortable question:

Leeann Tweeden states she was so humiliated by this image that since that time she has found herself “making a fist” every time she sees a media image of Al Franken.  Do all women find their lives ruined by male-female co-existence and interaction?

Men are from Mars and women are from Venus.  Hormones account for much of this and the hardwiring in men can be the soft wiring in some women – and the frayed wiring in others.

But in the current cycle of nastiness there is a cautionary tale.  If getting to “first base” (the primary “crime” of Roy Moore) causes an outcry, and a yawner of an image of Al Franken and Leeann Tweeden counts for outrage – what hope is there for mothers wishing to raise normal sons?

Should we choose to thoroughly chastise and emasculate manhood, the law of unintended consequences may leave women who truly need a real man in their lives – bereft of any real choices.

Real men do not always eat quiche. And sometimes they do reach for that which they ought not.  That alone – should not indict the male species.

As a woman who has had the occasional squeeze, managed to respond as the situation and place demanded, not gone into hiding or claimed to be humiliated, nor in need of catharsis – can we just give the topic a break?

For the sake of the men, of course.





LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill

These men did not make a “huge mistake”.  Neither was it a “dumb mistake”.  The men committed the same crime again and again at three separate locations.

  • Is it possible  the three have been involved in other shoplifting ventures in the past?  Gang-of-Three? Habitual criminals?

It would seem probable that most adults do not awaken one day and decide to embark on a path of thievery.  These patterns are established in childhood. And the fact that the three men were bold enough to shoplift on foreign soil gives a sense of uneasiness that this was not the first time shoplifting had been practiced as criminal art form.

“Indefinite suspensions” which may then result in a gradual lifting of restrictions and easing the men back into the UCLA basketball community will send the wrong signal.

Sure – the men will need to prove themselves, regain trust, and work on issues of their personal lack of morality.   But that work – should be done away from the sphere of UCLA.  That work, should not be engaged on the UCLA campus.

We usually create our own misery

* Housekeeping note.  A fellow blogger notified me the link is not working this a.m. Should there be further problems it is the NY Times piece written by Victor Mathis on November 15th.  Title:  “UCLA Suspends 3 Players: They Admitted to Shoplifting in China”.



Zimbabwe: One Down, Two to Go

In my November article for a veteran’s magazine in India I mentioned three individuals who should be awakening to night sweats about now.

See page 51

One down.   Two to go.   Jacob Zuma and Omar al-Bashir are the other men “tapped” in my thoughts.

Robert Mugabe under house arrest

Regarding president Al-Bashir, the favorite wife will prove problematic as she is also highly corrupted and pillages from the national treasury.  When the president goes – let’s see how easy it is for her to access the tonnage of (redacted) she has looted from the Sudan.