Oct 9, 2016


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Trump’s Bid to Become Born-Again Fails as Jesus Turns Down Friend Request

by Andy Borowitz

The billionaire Donald J. Trump’s bid to become a born-again Christian failed over the weekend after Jesus Christ turned down his friend request, campaign officials have acknowledged.

Jesus, who has not generally been active on Facebook, made a rare appearance on the social network on Monday to announce His decision to ignore the presumptive Republican nominee’s request for a personal relationship with Him.

In a brief post, Jesus offered the following explanation: “Just everything.”

The turndown from Jesus Christ, the inspiration behind one of the world’s most prominent religions, caps what has been a tough month for the Trump campaign.

Privately, campaign staffers fretted that the candidate would pen a disparaging tweet about Jesus, which might alienate evangelical voters in key battleground states.

But, at a rally in Pennsylvania, Trump made no reference to Jesus, and instead touted endorsements he had received from Gary Busey, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Joe (the Plumber) Wurzelbacher. –New Yorker

Firm Just Declared Trump “A Top Global Economic Risk”

The claim was alarming, so PolitiFact set out to find out whether or not it was true. Their first point of contact was the Economist Intelligence Unit.

    Economist Intelligence Unit — an affiliate of The Economist, the London-based newsweekly — is a research and analysis firm that supplies clients, including businesses, with information about opportunities and risks around the world.’

The Economist Intelligence Unit rated Trump sixth, tied with global terrorism threats, in term of the threat they pose to the global economy. However, after Trump secured the GOP nomination, that threat increased. Donald Trump is currently ranked third, above jihadi terrorism, as a risk to the global economy.

    ‘In the July ratings, the only higher scores were 20 for “China experiences a hard landing” and, in a tie with Trump, a 16 for “currency volatility and persistent commodity prices weakness.’”

The risk analysis firm cited Trump’s xenophobia toward Muslims, his “militaristic tendencies, “ and his “hostility toward free trade” as reasons for the high ranking. The firm wrote:

    ‘Although we do not expect Mr. Trump to defeat his most likely Democratic contender, Hillary Clinton, there are risks to this forecast, especially in the event of a terrorist attack on U.S. soil or a sudden economic downturn.’

We think that it is important to note that the EIU has never placed a presidential candidate on the list of risks to the economy before. Trump is nothing more than a brat with a trust fund. He has yet to build a sustainable business without bankruptcy or ripping people off. This alone makes him a threat and completely unqualified to be president. –DR

Edgar the Exploiter

We Are Not Coming Back

by Rabbi Steven Pruzansky

The most charitable way to explain the election results of 2012 is that Americans voted for the status quo - for the incumbent [anti-Israel, anti-USA] President and for a divided Congress. They [the Americans who voted] must love incompetence, irresponsibility, economic stagnation, and gridlock. And intelligent people were out-voted.

But as we awake from the nightmare, it is important to eschew the facile explanations for the Romney defeat that will prevail among the chattering classes. Romney did not lose because of the effects of Hurricane Sandy that devastated this area, nor did he lose because he ran a poor campaign, nor did he lose because the Republicans could have chosen better candidates, nor did he lose because Obama benefited from a slight uptick in the economy due to the business cycle. Romney lost simply because he didn't get enough intelligent voters to help him win.

That might seem obvious, but not for the obvious reasons. Romney lost because the conservative virtues - the traditional American virtues – of liberty, hard work, free enterprise, private initiative and aspirations to moral greatness - no longer inspire or animate a majority of the electorate. Also, another reason why Romney lost was because it is impossible to compete against free stuff.

Every businessman knows this; that is why the "loss leader" or the giveaway is such a powerful marketing tool. Obama's America is one in which free stuff is given away: the 47,000,000 people on food stamps clearly recognized for whom they should vote, and so they did; and so did those who - courtesy of Obama - who receive two full years of unemployment benefits. Of course, both are disincentives to look for work, and they also motivate people to work off the books while collecting their windfall. The lure of free stuff is irresistible!

The defining moment of the whole campaign was the revelation of the secretly-recorded video in which Romney acknowledged the difficulty of winning an election in which 47% of the voters were already against at the very start him because they pay no taxes and just receive money - free stuff - from the government.

Almost half of the population has no skin in the game - they don't care about high taxes, promoting business, or creating jobs, nor do they care that the money for their free stuff is being borrowed from their children and from the Chinese.

They just want the free stuff that comes their way at someone else's expense. In the end, that 47% leaves very little margin for error for any Republican, and does not bode well for the future.

It is impossible to imagine a conservative candidate winning against such overwhelming odds. People do vote their pocketbooks. In essence, the people vote for a Congress who will not raise their taxes, and for a President who will give them free stuff, never mind who has to pay for it. That engenders the second reason why Romney lost is the inescapable conclusion that the electorate is ignorant and uninformed. Indeed, it does not pay to be an informed voter, because most voters - the clear majority – are unintelligent and easily swayed by emotion and raw populism. That is the indelicate way of saying that too many people vote with their hearts and not their heads. That is why Obama did not have to produce a second term agenda, or even defend his first-term record. He needed only to portray Mitt Romney as a rapacious capitalist who throws elderly women over a cliff, when he is not just snatching away their cancer medication, while starving the poor and cutting taxes for the rich.

During his 1956 presidential campaign, a woman called out to Adlai Stevenson: "Senator, you have the vote of every thinking person!" Stevenson called back: "That's not enough, madam, we need a majority!"

Truer words were never spoken. 

Obama could get away with saying that,
  • "Romney wants the rich to play by a different set of rules" without ever defining what those different set of rules were;
  • "the rich should pay their fair share" without ever defining what a fair share is;
  • "Romney wants the poor, elderly and sick to fend for themselves" without even acknowledging that all the government programs are going bankrupt, and their current insolvency is only papered over by deficit spending.
Similarly, Obama (or his surrogates) could:
  • hint to blacks that a Romney victory would lead them back into chains and proclaim to women that their abortions and birth control would be taken away;
  • appeal to Hispanics that Romney would have them all arrested and shipped to Mexico and unabashedly state that he will not enforce the current immigration laws;
  • espouse the furtherance of the incestuous relationship between governments and unions - in which politicians ply the unions with public money, in exchange for which the unions provide the politicians with votes, in exchange for which the politicians provide more money and the unions provide more votes, etc., even though the money is gone.
Obama also knows that the electorate has changed - that whites will soon be a minority in America - (and in fact, they're already a minority in California) and that the new immigrants to the US are primarily from the Third World who do not share the traditional American values which attracted immigrants in the 19th and 20th centuries. Today, it is a different world, and a different America. Obama is part of that different America, knows it, and knows how to tap into it. That is why he won.

Obama also proved again that negative advertising works, invective sells, and harsh personal attacks succeed. That Romney never engaged in such diatribes points to his essential goodness as a person; his "negative ads" were simple facts, never personal abuse - facts about high unemployment, lower take-home pay, a loss of American power and prestige abroad, a lack of leadership, etc. As a politician, though, Romney failed because he did not embrace the devil's bargain of making unsustainable promises.

It turned out that it was not possible for Romney and Ryan - people of substance, depth and ideas - to compete with the shallow populism and platitudes of their opponents. Obama mastered the politics of envy – of class warfare - never reaching out to Americans as such but to individual groups, and cobbling together a winning majority from the blind and misinformed minority groups. If an Obama could not be defeated - with his record and his vision of America , in which free stuff seduces voters - it is hard to envision any change in the future.

The road to Hillary Clinton in 2016 and to a European-socialist economy - those very economies that are collapsing today in Europe - is paved.

For American Jewish voters, mostly assimilated anyway and staunch Democrats, the results demonstrate again that liberalism is their Torah. Almost 70% voted for a president widely perceived by Israelis and most committed Jews as hostile to Israel. They voted to secure Obama's future at America 's expense and at Israel's expense - in effect, preferring Obama to Netanyahu by a wide margin.

A dangerous time is ahead. Under present circumstances, it is inconceivable that the US will take any aggressive action against Iran and will more likely thwart any Israeli initiative. The US will preach the importance of negotiations up until the production of the first Iranian nuclear weapon - and then state that the world must learn to live with this new reality.

But this election should be a wake-up call to all Jews. There is no permanent empire, nor is there an enduring haven for Jews anywhere in the exile. The American empire began to decline in 2007, and the deterioration has been exacerbated in the last five years. This election only hastens that decline.

Society is permeated with sloth, greed, envy and materialistic excess. It has lost its moorings and its moral foundations. The takers outnumber the givers, and that will only increase in years to come.

The "Occupy" riots across the USA in the last two years were mere dress rehearsals for what lies ahead - years of unrest sparked by the increasing discontent of the unsuccessful that want to seize the fruits and the bounty of the successful, and do not appreciate the slow pace of redistribution. If this election proves one thing, it is the fact that, the "old, original USA" is gone, and we are not coming back.

Lastly, the problems America face today exist because the people in the USA who work for a living are outnumbered by those who merely vote for a life of social parasitism. –Contributed by Ralph

Russia Put Black Lives Matter On Official ‘Terror List’

by Sean Adl-Tabatabai

Russia are planning to place Black Lives Matter (BLM) on their ‘terror list’, officially recognising the group as a “racist terrorist organisation”.

The Federation Council is setting in motions plans to place BLM on the Federal Security Service’s (FSB) “Unified List of Organizations, Including Foreign and International Organizations That Have Been Recognized As Terrorist [Groups] By Russian Law”.

Whatdoesitmean.com reports:

According to this report, SLEDCOM derives its authority to conduct this terrorist investigation of Black Lives Matter based on its authorization under Federal Law of 28.12.2010 No 403-FZ to conduct preliminary inquiries relating to “the protection of rights and freedoms of man and citizen” regardless of international borders.

The initiating document issued by Chairperson Matviyenko advocating that Black Lives Matter, its founders, and its funders, be listed as a terrorist organization, this report continues, relates to this “racial-hatred” groups advocating the killing of American law enforcement officers in order to “incite/inflame” “racial passions” in the United States—and whose “tactics/rhetoric”, if transferred to Europe, would pose a grave threat not only to the Federation, but, indeed, all of the continent.

Evidence presented to SLEDCOM by Chairperson Matviyenko supporting her request, this report notes, contains both public and classified materials—including the Black Lives Matter “tacit support” of the assassination this week of 5 American police officers in Dallas, Texas, and the attempted assassinations of American police officers in Georgia, Missouri and Tennessee too.

The Black Lives Matter “racial-hatred” group, this report continues, was founded by American-based communist activists Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi who self describe themselves as “queer Black women” and whose organizations members have penetrated into the top echelon of US political elites as evidenced by their over 90 minute meeting with President Obama in the White House this past February.

To the greatest concern(s) of Chairperson Matviyenko relating to Black Lives Matter, however, this report says, are the tens-of-millions of dollars being given to it by billionaire Obama regime supporters Tom Steyer and the heir to the Taco Bell fortune, Rob McKay (otherwise known as “Obama’s trust fund baby”)—as well as US tech giants Google, who gave $2.3 million to this “racial-hatred” group, and Facebook—who stunningly erected in front of their main headquarters building a massive “Black Lives Matter” sign just hours after the Dallas police officers were gunned down.

Rob McKay, this report continues, provides the main “funding conduit” to Black Lives Matter through his communist inspired Democracy Alliance (DA) organization aided by hedge fund billionaire Tom Steyer—both of whom have raised hundreds-of-millions of dollars for the presidential campaigns of both President Obama and Hillary Clinton.

As to why these elite, and white, billionaires, along with US tech giants, are funding the “racial-hatred” group Black Lives Matter and its “queer Black women” founders, this report notes, is listed as the “highest concern” of Chairperson Matviyenko in her referral—but which answers for have yet to discovered.

SLEDCOM investigators, though, this report continues, do note that many American dissidents have long voiced concerns that the Obama regime is attempting to incite a race war in the United States—including former US Congressman Allen West who in 2013 wrote about his fears of a race war occurring, and just yesterday, another former US Congressman, Joe Walsh, threatening President Obama with “war” and warning Black Lives Matter demonstrators to “watch out”.

With Black Lives Matters gangs being tear gassed in Phoenix (Arizona) last night, and in Oakland (California) their attacking a police building and calling for more police deaths too, this report concludes, Chairperson Matviyenko’s referral to place this “racial-hatred” group, it founders, and it funders, on the FSB’s terrorist organization list has been “provisionally approved” pending further investigation.—Your News Wire

The Bagpipe Player

As a bagpipe player, I play many gigs.

Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man, who had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper's cemetery in the back country. Since I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost, and being a typical man, I didn't stop to ask for directions.

Finally, I arrived an hour late and saw that the funeral guy must have evidently already gone since the hearse was nowhere in sight. There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch. I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late. I went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. I didn't know what else to do, so I started to play. The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends. I played like I've never played before for this homeless man. And as I played "Amazing Grace", the workers began to weep. They wept, I wept, we all wept together. When I finished, I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my head was hung low, my heart was full.

As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, "I never seen nothing like that before, and I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years." -Contributed by Ralph

Masturbating A Lot Can Significantly Improve Your Health

by Jen Mills

What better time to start a new chapter of your healthy life push? As well as diet, exercise and cutting down the drinking, you could add a spot of ‘me time’ to your daily routine.

A study published in European Urology has confirmed a link between men ejaculating regularly and a reduced risk of prostate cancer. Researchers tracked 30,000 men for almost 20 years to come up with their results.

It isn’t the first time this link has been made, but it makes the case even more strongly than before, Pink News reports.

So don’t listen to the people who say masturbation is ‘self-abuse’.

The scientists found that men in their 20s who ejaculated at least 21 times a month were 19 per cent less likely to develop prostate cancer than those who did seven times a month or less.

You don’t have to masturbate: having sex with a partner would do the job too, as long as you climax.

Men in their forties who threw a regular one man party were 22 per cent less likely to be diagnosed.

The study’s lead author Jennifer Rider told AP: ‘Ejaculation frequency is, to some extent, a measure of overall health status in that men at the very low end of ejaculation – 0 to 3 times per month – were more likely to have other (medical problems) and die prematurely from causes other than prostate cancer.

She said their data suggests ‘ejaculation and safe sexual activity throughout adulthood could be a beneficial strategy for reducing the risk of prostate cancer.’ -Metro

Delicata Squash Carbonara

Recipe by Miles Thompson, SHED Restaurant, Healdsburg

Roasting the pancetta in one large piece renders out most of the fat, making it easy to dice into perfect ¼" pieceIs.


Servings: 6

2 medium delicata squash (about 1½ pounds total)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 ounces pancetta (unsliced; about a 1”-thick piece)
12 ounces bucatini or spaghetti
5 large egg yolks
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
Pecorino (for serving)

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Halve squash lengthwise, scrape out seeds, and slice crosswise into ¼”-thick half-moons. Toss with oil in a large bowl; season with salt and pepper.Arrange squash slices on a wire rack set inside a large rimmed baking sheet; place pancetta on rack next to squash. Roast until squash is tender, hasn’t taken any color, and still holds its shape, and pancetta is browned all over (when pressed, it should feel like a well-done steak), 30–35 minutes. Transfer squash to a platter; set aside.
  • Let pancetta cool slightly, then cut into ¼” pieces. Pour any rendered fat in baking sheet into a large skillet. Add pancetta and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp, about 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer pancetta to a small bowl. Reserve skillet with drippings.
  • Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta cooking liquid.
  • Add pasta to reserved skillet along with ½ cup pasta cooking liquid and toss to coat, scraping up any browned bits stuck to the bottom of the skillet with a wooden spoon.
  • Lightly beat egg yolks and lemon zest in a large bowl just to combine. Working quickly, add hot pasta to egg mixture and toss vigorously with tongs until a thick, glossy sauce forms, about 4 minutes. (If sauce still looks watery, keep tossing.)
  • Add pancetta and reserved squash to pasta, season with salt and pepper, and toss everything together.
  • Shave Pecorino over pasta and top with more pepper just before serving.

Sep 18, 2016

Today was posting day, however due to circumstances beyond my control I was unable to meet today's deadline. I will resume posting come September 25th.

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Aug 21, 2016

Lawsuit Charges Donald Trump With Raping A 13-Year-Old Girl

A civil suit against Donald Trump alleging he raped a 13-year-old girl was dismissed in California in May 2016 and refiled in New York in June 2016.

In late April 2016, rumors began to circulate online holding that Republican presidential Donald Trump had either been sued over, or arrested for, raping a teenaged girl. One of the earliest versions of the rumor was published on 2 May 2016 by the Winning Democrats web site, which reported that woman using the name Katie Johnson had named Trump and billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in a $100 million lawsuit, accusing them of having solicited sex acts from her at sex parties held at the Manhattan homes of Epstein and Trump back in 1994 (when Johnson was just 13 years old):

    The first major scandal to hit the Trump campaign besides the typical “what a racist, such a sexist, yada yada yada,” came from a lawsuit stemming from the infamous sex parties held by billionaire and known pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. The woman named in the suit is Katie Johnson, who says Trump took her virginity in 1994 when she was only 13 and being held by Epstein as a slave.

    Johnson says in the complaint that Trump and Epstein threatened her and her family with bodily harm if she didn’t comply with all of their disgusting demands. The Trump campaign has been on this immediately, calling it absolute nonsense and not even remotely true or possible.

Many aggregated reports cited a 28 April 2016 article that described the circumstances under which the lawsuit had been filed:

    Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump is fighting what could be the biggest election season bombshell yet — explosive court claims that he raped a woman when she was a teen.

    The woman — identified as Katie Johnson — filed documents in a California court on April 26, accusing Trump and billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein of “sexual abuse under threat of harm” and “conspiracy to deprive civil rights,” RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned.

    She filed the lawsuit herself — without legal representation — and is suing for $100 million.

A copy of the California lawsuit (filed on 26 April 2016) shared via the Scribd web site outlined the allegations, which included the accusation that Trump and Epstein had (over 20 years earlier) "sexually and physically" abused the then 13-year-old plaintiff and forced her "to engage in various perverted and depraved sex acts" — including being “forced to manually stimulate Defendant Trump with the use of her hand upon Defendant Trump’s erect penis until he reached sexual orgasm,” and being “forced to engage in an unnatural lesbian sex act with her fellow minor and sex slave, Maria Doe, age 12, for the sexual enjoyment of Defendant Trump” — after luring her to a "series of underage sex parties" by promising her "money and a modeling career":

Click here to view court documents

According to RadarOnline's initial reporting, the lawsuit filed in California on 26 April 2016 was dismissed over technical filing errors (the address listed in court documents was a foreclosed home that has been vacant since its owner died), with the plaintiff failing in her attempt to avoid incurring the cost of the litigation:

    A judge recommended on April 29 that “Katie Johnson” should have to pay her own attorneys’ fees and court costs related to the $100 million lawsuit she brought against Trump and billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein over alleged sexual assault charges. Then on May 2, a U.S. District judge ordered the entire lawsuit thrown out.

    “Johnson” had previously filed forms asking to be let off the hook for the costs of the lawsuit, claiming she had only $300 to her name ... such an allowance — known as in forma paupers — is only given in civil rights cases in California, and the judge ruled that she “failed to state a claim for relief” on a civil rights basis, even though she “utilized the form provided by the Central District of California for civil actions.”

    “Even construing the ... pleading liberally, Plaintiff has not alleged any race-based or class-based animus against her, and consequently, her ... allegations fail to state a claim upon which relief may be granted,” the judge wrote ... the address listed on the paperwork leads to an abandoned property, and the phone number goes straight to voicemail.

For his part, Trump asserted that the charges were“not only categorically false, but disgusting at the highest level and clearly framed to solicit media attention or, perhaps, are simply politically motivated,” adding that “There is absolutely no merit to these allegations. Period."

On 20 June 2016, New York City-based blog Gothamist reported that the plaintiff had refiled a similar complaint in a New York State federal court:

    A federal lawsuit filed in New York accuses Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump of repeatedly raping a 13-year-old girl more than 20 years ago, at several Upper East Side parties hosted by convicted sex offender and notorious billionaire investor Jeffrey Epstein.

    The suit, first reported by the Real Deal, accuses Trump and Epstein of luring the anonymous plaintiff and other young women to four parties at Epstein's so-called Wexner Mansion at 9 East 71st Street. Epstein allegedly lured the plaintiff, identified in the suit only as Jane Doe, with promises of a modeling career and cash.

    Another anonymous woman, identified in additional testimony as Tiffany Doe, corroborates Jane's allegations, testifying that she met Epstein at Port Authority, where he hired her to recruit other young girls for his parties. Trump had known Epstein for seven years in 1994 when he attended the parties at Wexner, according to the suit. He also allegedly knew that the plaintiff was 13 years old.

    Jane Doe filed a similar suit in California in April, under the name Katie Johnson, also accusing Trump and Epstein of rape. That suit was dismissed on the grounds of improper paperwork — the address affiliated with her name was found to be abandoned. Today's suit confirms that the plaintiffs are one and the same.

The online outlet that first reported the second filing in New York explained that the lawsuit might be allowed to proceed even though the statute of limitations for bringing suit has expired, because (according to plaintiff's lawyer) the plaintiff lacked the "freedom of will to institute suit earlier in time" due to her having been threatened by Trump:

    It should be noted that anyone can file a civil complaint in federal court. The statute of limitations in New York for civil rape cases is five years, but [the] complaint argues that the time limit should be waived, noting that the plaintiff was too frightened to report the abuse because Trump had threatened that if she did “her family would be physically harmed if not killed.”

    “Both defendants let plaintiff know that each was a very wealthy, powerful man and indicated that they had the power, ability and means to carry out their threats,” the complaint claims.

A copy of the New York-based suit was also uploaded to Scribd, and in the second filing (which asked for no specific amount of monetary damages) the plaintiff was represented by Thomas Francis Meagher, a New Jersey patent lawyer who learned of her allegations via an article published on the GossipExtra web site advertising that she was "shopping for an attorney." In a statement attached to her filing, the plaintiff (aka "Jane Doe") asserted:

    I traveled by bus to New York City in June 1994 in the hope of starting a modeling career. I went to several modeling agencies but was told that I needed to put together a modeling portfolio before I would be considered. I then went to the Port Authority in New York City to start to make my way back home. There I met a woman who introduced herself to me as Tiffany. She told me about the parties and said that, if I would join her at the parties, I would be introduced to people who could get me into the modeling profession. Tiffany also told me I would be paid for attending.

    The parties were held at a New York City residence that was being used by Defendant Jeffrey Epstein. Each of the parties had other minor females and a number of guests of Mr. Epstein, including Defendant Donald Trump at four of the parties I attended. I understood that both Mr. Trump and Mr. Epstein knew I was 13 years old.

    Defendant Trump had sexual contact with me at four different parties in the summer of 1994. On the fourth and fnial sexual encounter with Defendant Trump, Defendant Trump tied me to a bed, exposed himself to me, and then proceeded to forcibly rape me. During the course of this savage sexual attack, I loudly pleaded with Defendant Trump to stop but he did not. Defendant Trump responded to my pleas by violently striking me in the face with his open hand and screaming that he would do whatever he wanted,

    Immediately following this rape, Defendant Trump threatened me that, were I ever to reveal any of the details of Defendant Trump's sexual and physical abuse of me, my family and I wold be physically harmed if not killed.

The filing also included a statement from "Tiffany Doe" (i.e., the woman referenced in plaintiff's statement above who brought her to the parties) attesting that:

    I personally witnessed four sexual encounters that the Plaintiff was forced to have with Mr. Trump during this period, including the fourth of these encounters where Mr. Trump forcibly raped her despite her pleas to stop.

    I personally witnessed the one occasion where Mr. Trump forced the Plaintiff and a 12-year-old female named Maria [to] perform oral sex on Mr. Trump and witnessed his physical abuse of both minors when they finished the act.

    It was my job to personally witness and supervise encounters between the underage girls that Mr. Epstein hired and his guests.

A video reportedly featuring "Katie Johnson" (her identity hidden through the use of facial pixillation, a long blonde wig, and an electronic voice distorter) appeared online, in which she graphically described giving Donald Trump a hand job and being raped by him:

There is little doubt that Donald Trump knows Jeffrey Epstein, as Trump acknowledged in a 2014 New York magazine profile of Epstein:

    Epstein likes to tell people that he's a loner, a man who's never touched alcohol or drugs, and one whose nightlife is far from energetic. And yet if you talk to Donald Trump, a different Epstein emerges. "I've known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy,'' Trump booms from a speakerphone. "He's a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it — Jeffrey enjoys his social life."

Epstein has been named in multiple similar lawsuits over the last several years, served 13 months in jail, and is registered as a sex offender for life:

    Billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has paid another accuser.

    The 56-year-old money manager has quietly settled with Jane Doe 102, an unnamed woman who alleged in federal court in Florida that Epstein had induced her to "serve his every sexual whim" from the time she was 15 until she was 19. The woman also claimed Epstein had flown her around the world, paying her "to be sexually exploited by [his friends] ... including royalty, politicians, academicians [and] businessmen."

    Epstein flatly denied those charges. But a source close to the financier confirms "the matter has been resolved to the satisfaction of both parties." The woman's lawyer, Robert Josefsberg, wouldn't say how much she's getting. Epstein had in the past offered accusers a minimum of $150,000.

    Epstein has settled at least two other civil suits but still faces more than a dozen from women who claim he sexually abused them as minors at his Palm Beach mansion.

As of now, all of the information about this lawsuit comes solely from the complaint filed by "Katie Johnson," and no one has as yet located, identified, or interviewed her. –Snoops

Republican Convention Attendees Flood Craigslist Seeking Gay Sex

At the Republican National Convention, the conservative delegates declared that homophobia was to be their official policy; same-sex marriage was to be opposed in every state, transgender Americans aren’t allowed to use public restrooms, the Bible was to be taught as American history. The party that has endorsed a brand of religious extremism so outrageous that the Taliban would find themselves nodding heads in agreement has rolled into Cleveland – but behind closed doors, it’s clear that the “family values” hypocrites are looking forward for the time away from their wives to get down and dirty.

Cleveland’s Craigslist “personal encounters” section has – almost on cue – been filled with posts seeking and offering gay sex. And not just any gay sex – as Mary Emily O’Hara of the Daily Dot notes “many of the Craigslist ads were written in sado-masochistic language, with a particularly competitive streak running through them. Locals and attendees were ready to use, or be used, mercilessly.”

Which makes perfect sense considering the toxic masculinity and hyper-aggressiveness tendencies that are prized and carefully cultivated among conservative males.

Some of the descriptions are quite astonishing in their explicitness and their choice of themes. It turns out that Trump’s notoriously anti-gay Vice President nominee, soon to be former Governor Mike Pence of Indiana, has had his name turned into a slang term for gay sex; as in, “Truly Fudge Pencing with DL Repubs next wk.”

Republican gay sex scandals are amusingly frequent; it is very clear that a large amount of their anti-LGBT hatred comes from their own repressed urges – urges that are clearly on display as they get into Cleveland for a Grand Old Party. While there is nothing wrong with meeting consenting adults on the internet for a little polling at the ballot box, all the rhetoric of “family values” and unhealthy Christian sexuality is merely a smokescreen for homopbobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, misogyny, and entrenching the dominance of the cisgender white male as the dominant group in American society. All their pretentions of morality and purity are nothing but lies. –Occupy Democrats

Trump Supporters Toss, Grab And Punch Protester

Republicans Rocked By Report Detailing GOP Lies And Abuses During Benghazi Investigation

by Jason Easley

House Republicans were dealt a severe blow by a 339-page report from the Democrats on the Benghazi Select Committee who not only provided the evidence that Republicans have hidden but also detailed the Republican abuses and lies throughout the investigation.

House Republicans were dealt a severe blow by a 339-page report from the Democrats on the Benghazi Select Committee who not only provided the evidence that Republicans have hidden but also detailed the Republican abuses and lies throughout the investigation.

According to the report from the Benghazi Democrats:

The Democratic report also documents the grave abuses Republicans engaged in during this investigation—from A to Z. Republicans excluded Democrats from interviews, concealed exculpatory evidence, withheld interview transcripts, leaked inaccurate information, issued unilateral subpoenas, sent armed Marshals to the home of a cooperative witness, and even conducted political fundraising by exploiting the deaths of four Americans.

“In our opinion,” the Members wrote, “Chairman Gowdy has been conducting this investigation like an overzealous prosecutor desperately trying to land a front-page conviction rather than a neutral judge of facts seeking to improve the security of our diplomatic corps.”

“We are issuing our own report today because, after spending more than two years and $7 million in taxpayer funds in one of the longest and most partisan congressional investigations in history, it is long past time for the Select Committee to conclude its work,” they wrote. “Despite our repeated requests over the last several months, Republicans have refused to provide us with a draft of their report—or even a basic outline—making it impossible for us to provide input and obvious that we are being shut out of the process until the last possible moment.”

The Chairman of the Select Committee, Rep. Trey Gowdy, has consistently refused to release full transcripts of interviews. Gowdy has also refused to give Democrats on the committee access to information, or allowed them to help draft the final report.

Gowdy has also leaked inaccurate information in an attempt to help Republicans defeat Hillary Clinton. Rep. Gowdy illegally shifted the focus of the investigation away from Benghazi and on to Hillary Clinton’s emails. The chairman has interviewed witnesses without Democrats present and has treated the Select Committee like an arm of the Republican Party that is digging for opposition research on Hillary Clinton.

The Benghazi investigation has always been an attempt to bring down the Democratic presidential nominee. House Democrats on the Select Committee aren’t standing for it. They are popping the Benghazi conspiracy theory balloon and showing that the Republican investigation was a total sham.

Democrats aren’t going to play the GOP’s Benghazi games.