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It seems Pope Francis needs to brush up on his Tertullian!

It has been reported (in The ChristLast Media, I must note) that the current Pope does not like the phrase "lead us not into temptation...

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Friday, December 08, 2017

It seems Pope Francis needs to brush up on his Tertullian!

It has been reported (in The ChristLast Media, I must note) that the current Pope does not like the phrase "lead us not into temptation" from The Lord's Prayer and wishes it to be translated differently. (The Catholic Bishops of France have already done so.) May I suggest all these worthy prelates as well as all you good Catholic kiddies take a gander at what one of the Fathers of the Church wrote on this very subject. (It would do all you prods a world of good as well.)

Everything Tertullian wrote on this prayer is germane, but I know what attention spans are like these days. The most germane is Capter 8, highlighted below.

From the Catholic Encyclopedia (NewAdvent.org):

CHURCH FATHERS: On Prayer (Tertullian)



Chapter 1. General Introduction.


The Spirit of God, and the Word of God, and the Reason of God— Word of Reason, and Reason and Spirit of WordJesus Christ our Lord, namely, who is both the one and the other, — has determined for us, the disciples of the New Testament, a new form of prayer; for in this particular also it was needful that new wine should be laid up in new skins, and a new breadth be sewn to a new garment. Besides, whatever had been in bygone days, has either been quite changed, as circumcision; or else supplemented, as the rest of the Law; or else fulfilled, as Prophecy; or else perfected, as faith itself. For the new grace of God has renewed all things from carnal unto spiritual, by superinducing the Gospel, the obliterator of the whole ancient bygone system; in which our Lord Jesus Christ has been approved as the Spirit of God, and the Word of God, and the Reason of God: the Spirit, by which He was mighty; the Word, by which He taught; the Reason, by which He came. So the prayer composed by Christ has been composed of three parts. In speech, by which prayer is enunciated, in spirit, by which alone it prevails, even John had taught his disciples to pray, but all John's doings were laid as groundwork for Christ, until, when He had increased— just as the same John used to fore-announce that it was needful that He should increase and himself decrease John 3:30 — the whole work of the forerunner passed over, together with his spirit itself, unto the Lord. Therefore, after what form of words John taught to pray is not extant, because earthly things have given place to heavenly. He who is from the earth, says John, speaks earthly things; and He who is here from the heavens speaks those things which He has seen. John 3:31-32 And what is the Lord Christ's— as this method of praying is— that is not heavenly? And so, blessed brethren, let us consider His heavenly wisdom: first, touching the precept of praying secretly, whereby He exacted man's faith, that he should be confident that the sight and hearing of Almighty God are present beneath roofs, and extend even into the secret place; and required modesty in faith, that it should offer its religious homage to Him alone, whom it believed to see and to hear everywhere. Further, since wisdom succeeded in the following precept, let it in like manner appertain unto faith, and the modesty of faith, that we think not that the Lord must be approached with a train of words, who, we are certain, takes unsolicited foresight for His own. And yet that very brevity— and let this make for the third grade of wisdom— is supported on the substance of a great and blessed interpretation, and is as diffuse in meaning as it is compressed in words. For it has embraced not only the special duties of prayer, be it veneration of God or petition for man, but almost every discourse of the Lord, every record of His Discipline; so that, in fact, in the Prayer is comprised an epitome of the whole Gospel.

Chapter 2. The First Clause

The prayer begins with a testimony to God, and with the reward of faith, when we say, Our Father who art in the heavens; for (in so saying), we at once pray to God, and commend faith, whose reward this appellation is. It is written, To them who believed on Him He gave power to be called sons of God. John 1:12 However, our Lord very frequently proclaimed God as a Father to us; nay, even gave a precept that we call no one on earth father, but the Father whom we have in the heavens: Matthew 23:9 and so, in thus praying, we are likewise obeying the precept. Happy they who recognize their Father! This is the reproach that is brought against Israel, to which the Spirit attests heaven and earth, saying, I have begotten sons, and they have not recognized me. Isaiah 1:2 Moreover, in saying Father, we also call Him God. That appellation is one both of filial duty and of power. Again, in the Father the Son is invoked; for I, says He, and the Father are One. John 10:30 Nor is even our mother the Church passed by, if, that is, in the Father and the Son is recognized the mother, from whom arises the name both of Father and of Son. In one general term, then, or word, we both honour God, together with His own, and are mindful of the precept, and set a mark on such as have forgotten their Father.

Chapter 3. The Second Clause

The name of God the Father had been published to none. Even Moses, who had interrogated Him on that very point, had heard a different name. Exodus 3:13-16 To us it has been revealed in the Son, for the Son is now the Father's new name. I have come, says He, in the Father's name; John 5:43 and again, Father, glorify Your name; John 12:28 and more openly, I have manifested Your name to men. John 17:6 That name, therefore, we pray may be hallowed. Not that it is becoming for men to wish God well, as if there were any other by whom He may be wished well, or as if He would suffer unless we do so wish. Plainly, it is universally becoming for God to be blessed in every place and time, on account of the memory of His benefits ever due from every man. But this petition also serves the turn of a blessing. Otherwise, when is the name of God not holy, and hallowed through Himself, seeing that of Himself He sanctifies all others— He to whom that surrounding circle of angels cease not to say, Holy, holy, holy? In like wise, therefore, we too, candidates for angelhood, if we succeed in deserving it, begin even here on earth to learn by heart that strain hereafter to be raised unto God, and the function of future glory. So far, for the glory of God. On the other hand, for our own petition, when we say, Hallowed be Your name, we pray this; that it may be hallowed in us who are in Him, as well in all others for whom the grace of God is still waiting; Isaiah 30:18 that we may obey this precept, too, in praying for all, 1 Timothy 2:1 even for our personal enemies. Matthew 5:44 And therefore with suspended utterance, not saying, Hallowed be it in us, we say in all.

Chapter 4. The Third Clause

According to this model, we subjoin, Your will be done in the heavens and on the earth; not that there is some power withstanding to prevent God's will being done, and we pray for Him the successful achievement of His will; but we pray for His will to be done in all. For, by figurative interpretation of flesh and spirit, we are heaven and earth; albeit, even if it is to be understood simply, still the sense of the petition is the same, that in us God's will be done on earth, to make it possible, namely, for it to be done also in the heavens. What, moreover, does God will, but that we should walk according to His Discipline? We make petition, then, that He supply us with the substance of His will, and the capacity to do it, that we may be saved both in the heavens and on earth; because the sum of His will is the salvation of them whom He has adopted. There is, too, that will of God which the Lord accomplished in preaching, in working, in enduring: for if He Himself proclaimed that He did not His own, but the Father's will, without doubt those things which He used to do were the Father's will; John 6:38 unto which things, as unto exemplars, we are now provoked; to preach, to work, to endure even unto death. And we need the will of God, that we may be able to fulfil these duties. Again, in saying, Your will be done, we are even wishing well to ourselves, in so far that there is nothing of evil in the will of God; even if, proportionably to each one's deserts, somewhat other is imposed on us. So by this expression we premonish our own selves unto patience. The Lord also, when He had wished to demonstrate to us, even in His own flesh, the flesh's infirmity, by the reality of suffering, said, Father, remove this Your cup; and remembering Himself, added, save that not my will, but Yours be done. Luke 22:42 Himself was the Will and the Power of the Father: and yet, for the demonstration of the patience which was due, He gave Himself up to the Father's Will.

Chapter 5. The Fourth Clause

Your kingdom come has also reference to that whereto Your will be done refersin us, that is. For when does God not reign, in whose hand is the heart of all kings? Proverbs 21:1 But whatever we wish for ourselves we augur for Him, and to Him we attribute what from Him we expect. And so, if the manifestation of the Lord's kingdom pertains unto the will of God and unto our anxious expectation, how do some pray for some protraction of the age, when the kingdom of God, which we pray may arrive, tends unto the consummation of the age? Our wish is, that our reign be hastened, not our servitude protracted. Even if it had not been prescribed in the Prayer that we should ask for the advent of the kingdom, we should, unbidden, have sent forth that cry, hastening toward the realization of our hope. The souls of the martyrs beneath the altar cry in jealousy unto the Lord, How long, Lord, do You not avenge our blood on the inhabitants of the earth? Revelation 6:10 for, of course, their avenging is regulated by the end of the age. Nay, Lord, Your kingdom come with all speed—the prayer of Christians the confusion of the heathen, the exultation of angels, for the sake of which we suffer, nay, rather, for the sake of which we pray!

Chapter 6. The Fifth Clause

But how gracefully has the Divine Wisdom arranged the order of the prayer; so that after things heavenly— that is, after the Name of God, the Will of God, and the Kingdom of God— it should give earthly necessities also room for a petition! For the Lord had withal issued His edict, Seek first the kingdom, and then even these shall be added: Matthew 6:33 albeit we may rather understand, Give us this day our daily bread, spiritually. For Christ is our Bread; because Christ is Life, and bread is life. I am, says He, the Bread of Life; John 6:35 and, a little above, The Bread is the Word of the living God, who came down from the heavens. John 6:33 Then we find, too, that His body is reckoned in bread: This is my body. Matthew 26:26 And so, in petitioning for daily bread, we ask for perpetuity in Christ, and indivisibility from His body. But, because that word is admissible in a carnal sense too, it cannot be so used without the religious remembrance withal of spiritual Discipline; for (the Lord) commands that bread be prayed for, which is the only food necessary for believers; for all other things the nations seek after. Matthew 6:32 The like lesson He both inculcates by examples, and repeatedly handles in parables, when He says, Does a father take away bread from his children, and hand it to dogs? and again, Does a father give his son a stone when he asks for bread? For He thus shows what it is that sons expect from their father. Nay, even that nocturnal knocker knocked for bread. Luke 11:5-9 Moreover, He justly added, Give us this day, seeing He had previously said, Take no careful thought about the morrow, what you are to eat. To which subject He also adapted the parable of the man who pondered on an enlargement of his barns for his forthcoming fruits, and on seasons of prolonged security; but that very night he dies. Luke 12:16-20

Chapter 7. The Sixth Clause

It was suitable that, after contemplating the liberality of God, we should likewise address His clemency. For what will aliments profit us, if we are really consigned to them, as it were a bull destined for a victim? The Lord knew Himself to be the only guiltless One, and so He teaches that we beg to have our debts remitted us. A petition for pardon is a full confession; because he who begs for pardon fully admits his guilt. Thus, too, penitence is demonstrated acceptable to God who desires it rather than the death of the sinner. Moreover, debt is, in the Scriptures, a figure of guilt; because it is equally due to the sentence of judgment, and is exacted by it: nor does it evade the justice of exaction, unless the exaction be remitted, just as the lord remitted to that slave in the parable his debt; Matthew 18:21-35 for hither does the scope of the whole parable tend. For the fact withal, that the same servant, after liberated by his lord, does not equally spare his own debtor; and, being on that account impeached before his lord, is made over to the tormentor to pay the uttermost farthing— that is, every guilt, however small: corresponds with our profession that we also remit to our debtors; indeed elsewhere, too, in conformity with this Form of Prayer, He says, Remit, and it shall be remitted you. Luke 6:37 And when Peter had put the question whether remission were to be granted to a brother seven times, Nay, says He, seventy-seven times; Matthew 18:21-22 in order to remould the Law for the better; because in Genesis vengeance was assigned seven times in the case of Cain, but in that of Lamech seventy-seven times.

Chapter 8. The Seventh or Final Clause

For the completeness of so brief a prayer He added— in order that we should supplicate not touching the remitting merely, but touching the entire averting, of acts of guiltLead us not into temptation: that is, suffer us not to be led into it, by him (of course) who tempts; but far be the thought that the Lord should seem to tempt, as if He either were ignorant of the faith of any, or else were eager to overthrow it. Infirmity and malice are characteristics of the devil. For God had commanded even Abraham to make a sacrifice of his son, for the sake not of tempting, but proving, his faith; in order through him to make an example for that precept of His, whereby He was, by and by, to enjoin that he should hold no pledges of affection dearer than God. He Himself, when tempted by the devil, demonstrated who it is that presides over and is the originator of temptation. This passage He confirms by subsequent ones, saying, Pray that you be not tempted; yet they were tempted, (as they showed) by deserting their Lord, because they had given way rather to sleep than prayer. The final clause, therefore, is consonant, and interprets the sense of Lead us not into temptation; for this sense is, But convey us away from the Evil One.


I understand that. How about you? Do you need The Lord's Prayer to be dumbed down for those whose minds have been destroyed by the ignorance of our benighted age?

As a matter of fact, I remember asking about this in CCD class.


Chapter 9. Recapitulation


In summaries of so few words, how many utterances of the prophets, the Gospels, the apostles— how many discourses, examples, parables of the Lord, are touched on! How many duties are simultaneously discharged! The honour of God in the Father; the testimony of faith in the Name; the offering of obedience in the Will; the commemoration of hope in the Kingdom; the petition for life in the Bread; the full acknowledgment of debts in the prayer for their Forgiveness; the anxious dread of temptation in the request for Protection. What wonder? God alone could teach how he wished Himself prayed to. The religious rite of prayer therefore, ordained by Himself, and animated, even at the moment when it was issuing out of the Divine mouth, by His own Spirit, ascends, by its own prerogative, into heaven, commending to the Father what the Son has taught.

Chapter 10. We May Superadd Prayers of Our Own to the Lord's Prayer

Since, however, the Lord, the Foreseer of human necessities, said separately, after delivering His Rule of Prayer, Ask, and you shall receive; and since there are petitions which are made according to the circumstances of each individual; our additional wants have the right— after beginning with the legitimate and customary prayers as a foundation, as it were— of rearing an outer superstructure of petitions, yet with remembrance of the Master's precepts.

More from Tertullian:
(Seriously, the guy was prolific. There is a lot more where this came from.)


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Chapter 1. Rulers of the Roman Empire, if, seated for the administration of justice on your lofty tribunal, under the gaze of every eye, and occupying there all but the highest position in the state, you may not openly inquire into and sift before the world the real truth in regard to the charges made against the Christians; if in this  ...
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Chapter 1. Wide Scope of the Word Idolatry. The principal crime of the human race, the highest guilt charged upon the world, the whole procuring cause of judgment, is idolatry. For, although each single fault retains its own proper feature , although it is destined to judgment under its own proper name also, yet it is marked off ...
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Chapter 1. Introductory. Heresies Must Exist, and Even Abound; They are a Probation to Faith. The character of the times in which we live is such as to call forth from us even this admonition, that we ought not to be astonished at the heresies (which abound) neither ought their existence to surprise us, for it was foretold that ...
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Chapter 1. It is Not to the Philosophers that We Resort for Information About the Soul But to God. Having discussed with Hermogenes the single point of the origin of the soul, so far as his assumption led me, that the soul consisted rather in an adaptation of matter than of the inspiration of God, I now turn to the other questions ...
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Antidote for the Scorpion's Sting. Chapter 1. The earth brings forth, as if by suppuration, great evil from the diminutive scorpion. The poisons are as many as are the kinds of it, the disasters as many as are also the species of it, the pains as many as are also the colours of it. Nicander writes on the subject of scorpions, and ...
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Waiving the Question of the Authors, Tertullian Proposes to Consider the Things on Their Own Merits. Grant now that no mark of pre-condemnation has been branded on womanly pomp by the (fact of the) fate of its authors; let nothing be imputed to those angels besides their repudiation of heaven and (their) carnal ...
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This was written by our author in confutation of certain heretics who denied the reality of Christ's flesh, or at least its identity with human flesh— fearing that, if they admitted the reality of Christ's flesh, they must also admit his resurrection in the flesh; and, consequently, the resurrection of the human body after death.
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Since when are Democrasses embarrassed to be thought of as homosexual?

And why isn't this kind of unwanted touching considered sexual assault?



GOP lawmaker's 'I don't like men' comment stirs protest - Philly.com

By Marc Levy

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - An outspoken and conservative Pennsylvania state lawmaker has stirred calls to resign or be demoted after he interrupted a committee meeting to accost his Democratic counterpart for touching his arm and suggest the man might be gay.

Hold it right there, commie pinko Philamortia (or is it Mortadelphia?) Inquirer stooge. You think homosexuality is a good thing, remember? Why would a left-fascist lawmaker be ashamed by a mere insinuation? He (and you) should be giddy to have someone think you are a sodomite. He will get more votes and you will get more readers. Or do you left-fascists secretly hate those who practice non-Euclidean sex, which is what you accuse your political enemies of doing?

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday called Rep. Daryl Metcalfe's comments offensive and discriminatory, and said it is "part of a disturbing pattern of behavior."

Wolf is a dick.

Wolf does not think Metcalfe should chair a committee that has authority over legislation to expand gay and transgender rights, his spokesman said.


Wolf is a dick.

House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, declined to discuss the issue Wednesday. Turzai, who is running to challenge Wolf's re-election bid next year, declined to discuss the subject Wednesday.

The state Democratic Party called for Metcalfe to resign, while a gay and transgender rights group and a health care workers' labor union asked Turzai to strip Metcalfe of his committee chairmanship.

Why? Are leftist homosexuals filled with self-loathing or are they only interested in political power?

Metcalfe, R-Butler, chairs the State Government Committee, and his comments and committee meetings routinely stoke anger from Democrats. Democrats say he regularly shuts down their questions or comments and uses his committee as an ideological weapon. The hostility occasionally spills onto the House floor.


I didn't know this was an editorial.

In Tuesday's meeting on a bill about landlocked easements and roads, Metcalfe interrupted Democratic Rep. Matt Bradford - seated next to him - after Bradford placed his hand on Metcalfe's forearm while speaking.


"Representative Bradford, look, I'm a heterosexual, I have a wife, I love my wife, I don't like men, as you might, but stop touching me all the time," Metcalfe said. "It's like, keep your hands to yourself. Like, if you want to touch somebody, you have people on your side of the aisle that might like it, I don't."


A visibly stunned Bradford laughed and said the meeting was "officially off the rails."

"My intent was just to beg for your permission for about 30 seconds," Bradford said.


"Then beg," Metcalfe responded, "don't touch."


Bradford - who has a wife and four children - later said he had simply sought to stop Metcalfe from interrupting him.


WTF? A guy with a wife and kids can't be a homosexual? What a narrow-minded and provincial attitude. Hey, Levy! The 1950s called and they want their prejudices back!

"The chairman can be volatile," Bradford, D-Montgomery, said. "I have strong views of my own, but I don't think that's an excuse to go into a diatribe. ... It's not isolated, it's not a singular incident, it's not because someone touched his arm."


Metcalfe told The Philadelphia Inquirer that Bradford, for months, has been continually touching him and that he has asked him to stop.


"If someone touches another person, and they say, 'stop touching me,' and they don't stop, that's serious business," Metcalfe told the Inquirer.


Exactly. No means no, right?

Except when Democrasses see a political cudgel, obviously.

Metcalfe's committee meetings often erupt in rancor.


In one incident, Metcalfe pressed legislation to make English the official language of Pennsylvania and invited someone he identified as a "white nationalist" to testify in favor of it. He has pressed immigration legislation to stem what he called the "illegal alien invasion" and clashed several times with an openly gay lawmaker.


Bottled up in his committee is legislation banning discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation in employment, housing and public services.


It sure sounds like Conyers-Franken-Weinstein's Syndrome to me.

While we're on the topic of sexual assault/harassment, I have a left-leaning logic problem for you:


All homosexual males are men.

All men are sexual predators.

Therefore, all homosexuals are predators.

Do I have that right? Or is any behavior excused if you follow the line of The Party of Blasphemy, Buggery, and 'Bortion?


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Friday, December 01, 2017

Does the nightingale sing in Russian?

From CNN:

Michael Flynn pleads guilty to lying to FBI, is cooperating with Mueller ...


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HOLY CRAP! Nancy Pelosi turns heel! (Or took too many Ambiens.)

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I doubt she's a pro wrestling fan, but you never know.

First up, here's Jonah Goldberg before the harpy's about-face:

It's amazing how complicated simple principles can become when they're inconvenient to your team.

On Sunday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi created a mess for herself by insisting on NBC's "Meet the Press" that Rep. John Conyers deserves "due process" in the face of a series of accusations of improper conduct.

Politically, Pelosi's performance was a gift to her many critics. For liberals who think she's passed her sell-by date as a Democratic leader, her hapless effort will now be Exhibit A in the brief against her, despite her subsequent efforts to clean up the mess.

For populists on the left and right who think the political establishment is rigged to protect members of the club, Pelosi's effort to protect Conyers — and Sen. Al Franken, who has also been accused of several sexual transgressions — while at the same time insisting that we know all we need to know about President Trump and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore is simply a naked partisan double standard.

"We are strengthened by due process," Pelosi insists when the topic is Conyers. But Moore is "a child molester."

This raises the most dismaying gift that Pelosi lobbed to the mob. By circling the wagons around Conyers and Franken (and Bill Clinton to some extent), Pelosi is all but guaranteeing the election of Moore.

It is difficult to exaggerate the anger among many Republicans who believe that liberals use the rules selectively, shamelessly invoking standards of conduct to delegitimize and destroy their enemies while exempting their own. "Zero tolerance" for thee, "it's complicated" for me.

It was this belief — hardly unfounded — that let millions of Republicans dismiss allegations of sexual abuse against Trump and now Moore. Every day, conservatives angry at my opposition to Moore tell me "we" can't "unilaterally disarm." If they won't play by the rules, why should we?

This isn't simply a Beltway game. Pelosi is a passionate supporter of Title IX regulations, which have been used to dismantle due process for sexual assault allegations on college campuses. When Education Secretary Betsy DeVos introduced reforms to Title IX, Pelosi denounced them as "outrageous, immoral attacks on Title IX protections" and a "shocking attack on women." Perhaps college students deserve at least as much due process as congressmen?
But as someone who believes pretty much all the accusers so far, I'm not interested in pecking out another column on partisan hypocrisy. These days, that's the easiest column in the world to write.

Instead, I'd like to point to a possible way out of this mess.

The philosopher John Rawls famously offered a thought experiment he called the "original position." Imagine you are in some kind of limbo waiting to be born into our world. Hidden behind what he called a "veil of ignorance," you have no idea what "kind" of person you will be — female, male, gay, straight, sickly, healthy, smart, dumb, rich, poor, black, white, etc. What rules would you want for society?

The point of this exercise is to make you think about what fairness looks like. If there's a good chance you're going to be born poor, you might see the point of having certain protections for the poor. If there's a 50 percent chance you'll be born a woman, you'll probably reject the model of society found in "The Handmaid's Tale." In short, the veil of ignorance allows us see justice through the lens of self-interest.

I don't like or agree with everything Rawls and his fans have done with this thought experiment, but the original position is nonetheless a useful way of thinking about society.

We live in a moment beset by tribalisms, from partisanship to myriad forms of identity politics. All of them work on the assumption that neutral rules are unfair or unjust because my tribe is somehow especially noble or your tribe is especially evil.

The original position is not as original to Rawls as some believe. In fact, it's embedded in the very idea of classical liberalism, because it presupposes that we should all be equal in the eyes of God and the government, and that therefore the rules of the society should be fair for everybody — and applied to everybody equally. It's a simple principle, but everyone wants to make it complicated these days.

OH MY GOSH, J.R., SHE JUST HIT CONYERS IN THE HEAD WITH A FOLDING CHAIR!...


WASHINGTON – As allegations of sexual misconduct against powerful lawmakers roil Congress, House Democrats on Thursday delivered their strongest rebuke yet with calls for Michigan Rep. John Conyers' resignation, while those in the Senate reserved judgment for their embattled colleague, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi characterized the multiple accusations against the 88-year-old Conyers, which included repeated propositions for sex, and retaliation against one former aide who rebuffed his advances, as “serious, disappointing and very credible.”

In no uncertain terms, the top Democrat in the House said, “Congressman Conyers should resign,” a call echoed by other Democratic leaders.

Conyers' lawyer, Arnold Reed, swiftly rejected the request as the lawmaker professes his innocence.

“Nancy Pelosi did not elect the congressman, and she sure as hell won't be the one to tell the congressman to leave. That decision will be completely up to the congressman,” Reed said.

Reed raised the specter of a double standard as House Democrats pressed for Conyers, the longest-serving member of the House and a co-founder of the Congressional Black Caucus, to step aside, while few have called for Franken to relinquish his seat.

“At the end of the day, I would suspect that Nancy Pelosi is going to have to explain what is the ... difference between Al Franken and congressman Conyers,” Reed said.

Punishment has been swift for titans of entertainment, media and sports, accusations of sexually inappropriate behavior and harassment leading to immediate firings. Not so in Congress, where lawmakers have said ethics panels should have time to investigate and have been reluctant to reverse the will of the voters.

Yet the clamor was growing, with some House Democrats arguing that if Conyers goes, so should Franken. That demand was made hours after Franken faced a new allegation: An Army veteran accused him of groping her during a USO Christmas tour in the Middle East more than a decade ago.

Stephanie Kemplin, 41, of Maineville, Ohio, told CNN that Franken had cupped her right breast when she stood next to him for a photo in December 2003. Kemplin, who was deployed to Kuwait at the time, became the fifth woman in two weeks to accuse Franken of sexual misconduct.

The Senate Ethics Committee announced on Thursday that it had opened a preliminary investigation into the allegations against Franken, who has apologized and said he welcomes the probe.

Pelosi's comments came after she faced harsh criticism for calling Conyers an “icon” who has “done a great deal to protect women” during an appearance on “Meet the Press” on Sunday.

By Thursday, the highest-ranking members of the party had upped the ante, from simply backing an ethics investigation and emphasizing the importance of due process for those accused, to calling for Conyers' resignation.

“Zero tolerance means consequences – for everyone, no matter how great the legacy, it's not license to harass or discriminate,” Pelosi said.

In a different case of sex and a House member, Rep. Joe Barton, a 17-term Republican from Texas who announced this month he was seeking re-election, decided Thursday that he wouldn't, just a week after a nude photo of him leaked on social media.

Although his House colleagues didn't call for his resignation or suggest he not run again, Barton faced increasing political pressure in his home state to step aside.

This week, a Republican announced he would run against Barton in next year's primary.



Now, for the latest on this amazing story...

Pelosi suffers face spasms, brain freezes while denouncing Conyers ...

As the media focus has shifted to the alleged sexual harassers in the Democratic ranks, questions are not going away about Nancy Pelosi's continued bizarre behavior.

The House Minority Leader held her weekly press conference, and while the media focused on her call for accused serial harasser John Conyers, they overlooked her frequent flubbed words, brain freezes, and face spasm that occurred seconds into the appearance.

Pelosi began the appearance by walking past a giant sign labeled "GOP tax scam."As she got to the podium, she looked over her left shoulder for the visual, before realizing she had just walked past it.

"There it is: the GOP tax scam," she said, her face twitching.

Seconds later, she called it the "G-O-T" tax scam, before correcting herself.Pelosi misread the sign, saying, "the ACA reform, reform, uh, uh, repeal. Sneaky ACA repeal."

She repeated herself several times.She called the tax cut an "attack on the middle class, on Americas jobs - Americans' jobs."

Pelosi slurred "veterans," saying "ever-veterans."

After trailing off while talking about an "increase," she said, "So it's not just a crea - increase."

While demanding federal funding for her own priorities, Pelosi mistakenly said "wildfail," before correcting herself to say "wildfire."

She claimed legislation to protect illegal aliens has "bri-partisan" support.

Pelosi asserted "82 millial" middle class families won't benefit from the plan, before correcting her speech and saying "million."

All of this came as she denounced Rep. John Conyers behavior and called for his resignation.

After suffering two brain freezes, she made an ironic statement: "How can you judge - judgement be respected if you don't even know what you're talking about?"

That's what many Americans must be wondering about Nancy Pelosi these days.

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#HimToo: The end of the Fuckual (pronounced fuck-u-all) Revolution or just politics as usual?

First of all, who could have imagined that Al Franken actually liked girls? 

That senile old commie John Conyers must gobble Viagras like Tic-Tacs just so he can pretend to be able to get his vile little genitals to work.

And Matt Freakin' Lauer? Every soccer mom's wet dream turns out to be just another creepy predator.

Nice older Catholic gentlemen like me are starting to look better by the minute...(Ladies, I'm in the book.)



She Didn't Fight Back: 5 (Misguided) Reasons People Doubt Sexual ...

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/30/us/sexual-harassment-weinstein-women.html
1 day ago - There are all sorts of reasons women who report sexual misconduct, from unwanted advances by their bosses to groping or forced sex acts, are not believed, and with a steady drumbeat of new reports making headlines, the country is hearing a lot of them. But some of the most commonly raised causes for doubt, like a long ...

The media men who have been accused of sexual misconduct - Nov ...

money.cnn.com/2017/11/29/media/media-men...of-sexual-misconduct/index.html
2 days ago - Former NBC "Today" show host Matt Lauer is one of the latest -- and most prominent -- men in media to be toppled by allegations of sexual misconduct. The industry reckoning began more than a year ago, when former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson claimed in a lawsuit that she was fired for refusing sexual advances ...

Schadenfreude...now I get it.

Graphic, Disturbing Details of Matt Lauer's Alleged Sexual Misconduct ...

https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2017/.../matt-lauer-sexual-misconduct-allegati...
2 days ago - Shocking new allegations have emerged about the sexual misconduct scandal that is quickly enveloping Matt Lauer. On Wednesday, mere hours after NBC announced that it had fired the Today anchor because of a complaint about alleged sexual misconduct, Variety has dropped a report with hideous allegations about the ...

The list: Celebrities accused of sexual misconduct - The Morning Call

www.mcall.com/.../mc-harvey-weinstein-impact-list-of-men-accused-of-sexual-misco...
2 days ago - PHOTO GALLERY: Since The New York Times published allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein in October 2017, multiple men in entertainment, media and politics in the U.S. and beyond have faced allegations of sexual misconduct. Here is a look at some of the men ...

Stanford: Sexual misconduct revelation exposes storied professor's ...

www.mercurynews.com/.../stanford-sexual-misconduct-revelation-exposes-storied-pr...
1 day ago - Stanford: Sexual misconduct revelation exposes storied professor's secret. For Professor Jay Fliegelman, the transgression was but a blip in a storied career at Stanford University.

Matt Lauer: Multiple sexual misconduct allegations detailed

www.mercurynews.com/.../matt-lauer-disturbing-allegations-of-sexual-harassment-det...
2 days ago - Like other powerful men who have been brought down by sexual misconduct charges in the past two months, “Today Show” host Matt Lauer also is alleged in reports Wednesday to have exposed himself to a female colleague, to have forced himself on women during ostensibly work-related meetings in his office or in hotel ...

Russell Simmons accused of sexual misconduct by Jenny Lumet ...

https://www.nbcnews.com/.../sexual-misconduct/russell-simmons-accused-sexual-misc...
1 day ago - Producer and business mogul Russell Simmons said Thursday he is stepping down from his companies in the wake of two accusations of sexual misconduct. Simmons, who co-founded the music label Def Jam Recordings in 1984, eventually spinning it into a larger entertainment and production empire, said in a statement ...

Matt Lauer Was Dumbfounded over Sexual Misconduct Allegations ...

people.com/tv/matt-lauer-dumbfounded-sexual-misconduct-allegations/
18 hours ago - The sexual misconduct allegations brought against Matt Lauer came as a shock to Today show audiences — and to the terminated longtime anchor. According to a source with knowledge of the former anchor's firing — it came after after the network received a “detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual ...


Male Sexual Misconduct and the Testosterone Curse | Psychology ...

https://www.psychologytoday.com/.../male-sexual-misconduct-and-the-testosterone-c...
2 days ago - Please note that none of my characterizations below are meant to justify male sexual misconduct. Nonetheless, what's sorely missing from present-day discourse on the subject is the slightest compassion for men in their sexual struggles. And that lack only serves to divide our already polarized nation all the more. If we lived ...

Beastie Boys' Adam Horovitz believes sexual misconduct allegations ...

https://pagesix.com/.../beastie-boys-adam-horovitz-believes-sexual-misconduct-allegat...
1 day ago - Nine women have come forward to accuse playwright Israel Horovitz of sexual misconduct, the New York Times reported Thursday. Jocelyn Meinhardt was 19 in the summer of 1989 when she joined Horovitz in a fellowship at the Gloucester Stage Company in Massachusetts. Meinhardt had known him already, as his son, ...

Report: Senate President's Husband Accused Of Sexual Misconduct ...

www.wbur.org/news/2017/11/30/sexual-misconduct-bryon-hefner
1 day ago - Report: Senate President's Husband Accused Of Sexual Misconduct By 4 Men. November 30, 2017. Matt Murphy, State House News Service. Share. The husband of Senate President Stanley Rosenberg has been accused by four men of inappropriately touching and kissing them in a bombshell report in The Boston Globe ...

Russell Simmons exits his companies following a new sexual ...

https://www.washingtonpost.com/.../russell-simmons-exits-his-companies-following-a-ne...
1 day ago - Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons on Thursday stepped down from the companies he founded, amid a new sexual misconduct allegation against him. In an essay published Thursday by the Hollywood Reporter, screenwriter Jenny Lumet wrote that the Def Jam co-founder forced her to go to his apartment in 1991 and then ...

Broadway Casting Director Fired for Sexual Misconduct – Variety

variety.com/2017/legit/news/casting-director-fired-sexual-misconduct-1202627410/
20 hours ago - Justin Huff, a casting director who has been involved in Broadway shows including 2013 Tony champ “Kinky Boots,” has been fired from his position at prominent casting agency Telsey + Company over internal reports of sexual misconduct. “He was let go last week,” Bernard Telsey, the founder of Telsey + Company, told ...

2 More Women Accuse Al Franken Of Sexual Misconduct | HuffPost

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/.../a-fifth-woman-has-accused-al-franken-of-sexual-...
1 day ago - Two additional women have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), including an Army veteran who says she was groped while deployed overseas and a former elected official who told a news outlet that he tried to kiss her. The women's accounts bring the number of accusers ...

Russian TV host on Hollywood sexual misconduct accusers: What did ...

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/...sexual-misconduct.../912754001/
8 hours ago - There's at least one place where the storm of sexual misconduct and rape allegations sweeping the West isn't resonating — Russian TV. "What did they expect?" asked Dmitry Kiselyov, a high-profile anchor on state television with a reputation for ranting against the West, according to the BBC. "They went up to a man's hotel ...

Matt Lauer on sexual misconduct allegations: "I am truly sorry" - CBS ...

https://www.cbsnews.com/.../matt-lauer-on-sexual-misconduct-allegations-i-am-truly-s...
1 day ago - Last Updated Nov 30, 2017 10:54 AM EST. Matt Lauer has apologized a day after NBC News fired the longtime "Today" show host for "inappropriate sexual behavior" in the workplace. "There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions. To the people I have hurt, I am ...

How Will Sexual Misconduct Allegations Reshape The 2020 Election ...

https://fivethirtyeight.com/.../how-will-sexual-misconduct-allegations-reshape-the-202...
3 days ago - For discussion today: A wave of sexual misconduct allegations has hit political and media figures. So we're going to take the long view today and talk about how all this might play out in the context of the 2020 presidential campaign. One much–talked–about 2020 prospect, Al Franken, has already been accused in multiple ...

Three Lessons From How Congress Is Handling Sexual Misconduct ...

https://fivethirtyeight.com/.../three-lessons-from-how-congress-is-handling-sexual-mis...
13 hours ago - The sexual harassment allegations against Michigan congressman John Conyers and the groping accusations against Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, both Democrats, have brought the issues around sexual misconduct that have rocked other industries to Capitol Hill. The Senate candidacy of Alabama's Roy Moore, accused ...


For politicians facing sexual misconduct charges, no swift 'firings ...

https://www.csmonitor.com/.../For-politicians-facing-sexual-misconduct-charges-no-s...
1 day ago - NBC brass received a credible allegation of workplace sexual misconduct against Mr. Lauer on Monday night, and by Wednesday morning, he was gone. In a flash, another famous personality has joined the list of high-profile men from media, entertainment, and business who allegedly abused their power with (in most ...

A Running List of Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Members of ...

https://www.vice.com/.../a-running-list-of-sexual-misconduct-allegations-against-mem...
7 hours ago - Men have been harassing and preying on women since the beginning of time. But as a wave of accusations against shitty men and subsequent firings have rocked industries from Hollywood to gaming journalism, it appears we've finally entered a new era. In this post-Weinstein world, bad behavior that's been swept under ...

Four men allege sexual misconduct by Senate president's husband ...

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/11/30/...sexual-misconduct.../story.html
1 day ago - But Bryon Hefner, then the fiance of Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, appeared in his doorway. ... He recalled Hefner asking him to have some fun with him, telling him Rosenberg wouldn’t mind, that Hefner and the Senate president were a team on Beacon Hill, and that they would ...

Uber Investor Shervin Pishevar Accused of Sexual Misconduct by ...

https://www.bloomberg.com/.../uber-investor-shervin-pishevar-accused-of-sexual-mis...
22 hours ago - Five women tell Bloomberg the venture capitalist used his position of power to pursue romantic relationships and unwanted sexual encounters.

Why Has R. Kelly's Career Thrived Despite Sexual-Misconduct ...

https://www.newyorker.com/.../why-has-r-kellys-career-thrived-despite-sexual-miscon...
2 days ago - Jim DeRogatis writes about why the long-standing accusations of sexual misconduct against the R. & B. singer R. Kelly. haven't hurt the performer's career.

A fifth woman accuses Al Franken of sexual misconduct | PBS NewsHour

https://www.pbs.org/.../a-fifth-woman-accuses-al-franken-of-sexual-misconduct
1 day ago - A fifth woman accuses Al Franken of sexual misconduct. Politics Nov 30, 2017 10:43 AM EST — Updated on Nov 30, 2017 11:57 AM EST. WASHINGTON (AP) — Embattled Minnesota Sen. Al Franken is facing a new allegation of inappropriately touching a woman after an Army veteran accused him of groping her during a ...

List of men in media accused of sexual misconduct – Twin Cities

www.twincities.com/2017/11/29/list-of-men-in-media-accused-of-sexual-misconduct/
2 days ago - NEW YORK — Since The New York Times published allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein in October, multiple men in entertainment, media and politics in the U.S. and beyond have faced allegations ranging from inappropriate behavior to forced sexual misconduct to ...

Matt Lauer Sexual Misconduct Accusations Include Sex Toy and ...

www.sfgate.com/.../Matt-Lauer-Sexual-Misconduct-Accusations-Include-12392903.p.
2 days ago - What started out as only vague accusations of sexual misconduct against broadcast icon Matt Lauer became more detailed on Wednesday with the publication of a long anticipated and devastating exposé in Variety. As the co-host of NBC's “Today,” Matt Lauer once gave a colleague a sex toy as a present, according to an ...

Moore says lesbians, gays, socialists behind sexual misconduct ...

thehill.com/.../362504-moore-says-lesbians-gays-socialists-behind-sexual-misconduct-..
1 day ago - Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore appeared to blame members of the LGBT community, liberals and socialists for the sexual misconduct allegations leveled against him. Speaking at Magnolia Springs Baptist Church in Alabama, Moore called the allegations against him "false and malicious," according to ...



YES! I FUCKIN' LOVE THE ONION...

Alex DeLarge Forced To Step Down As Leader Of Droogs Amidst ...

https://www.theonion.com/alex-delarge-forced-to-step-down-as-leader-of-droogs LONDON—

LONDON—Pushed out of power as the damning charges mounted, Alex DeLarge was forced to step down Wednesday as leader of the Droogs amidst allegations of sexual misconduct. “In an unfortunate development, we have been forced to remove Mr. DeLarge from his post due to the startling accusations of sexual impropriety that have come to light,” said Droog member Georgie, explaining that although the group had systems in place to swiftly address such allegations, it clearly did not adequately follow those procedures. “Even though these acts took place decades ago, it does not excuse Alex’s heinous and unforgivable actions. This is not at all what the Droogs stand for.” At press time, DeLarge had offered to undergo two weeks of rigorous aversion therapy to rehabilitate himself.


I hope he offered a sincere appypolly loggy. (See the NADSAT dictionary.)

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First of all, the word is SEX, not GENDER. If you are ever tempted to use the word GENDER, don't. The word is SEX! SEX! SEX! SEX! For example: "My sex is male." is correct. "My gender is male." means nothing. Look it up. What kind of sick neo-Puritan nonsense is this? Idiot left-fascists, get your blood-soaked paws off the English language. Hence I am choosing "male" under protest.

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