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Red Carpet Treatment


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I hate to see Al Franken resign from the United States Senate.

Franken is a champion for progressive causes and his voice is needed in the Senate, and especially on the Judiciary Committee. He’s the Senator asking questions Trump nominees don’t want to answer. Ask Jeff Sessions about his perjury. Franken has an analytical mind, which probably comes from being a writer of comedy. Humorists are good at catching irony and hypocrisy. They see holes where others don’t. You have to be smart to be a good comedic writer. You don’t have to be smart to be a Senator….or a president. At least not anymore.

During the speech announcing his resignation, Franken noted the irony of him leaving office while a man who boasted about sexual assault sits in the Oval Office and another who preyed on teenage girls is running for the Senate in Alabama.

Did I mention irony? Conservatives don’t see irony. They don’t see it in Donald Trump holding a campaign rally Friday night for a racist pedophile where he complained about protesters, and on Saturday night he’ll be attending a ceremony at a Civil Rights museum in Jackson, Mississippi. Irony.

I have heard a few Republicans complain liberals will use Franken’s resignation to occupy the moral high ground. Yes. Yes, we will.

While the Speaker of the House urged Republican Congressman Trent Franks to resign after he offered $5 million to staffers to carry his baby, by way of him sticking his little frank in them, Blake Farenthold hasn’t said anything about resigning.

Farenthold is a Republican who looks terrible in pajamas, and he used taxpayer dollars to pay off sexual harassment complaints, just like Democrat John Conyers, who is resigning. Farenthold is a member of the Tea Party. Do you remember the Tea Party’s chief concern? It was government spending. I haven’t heard too many of them scream for pajama boy’s head for spending $84,000 of their money on a sexual harassment complaint.

Franken and Conyers are out. The GOP has kicked Franks to the curb but Farenthold hangs on. During all this, the Republican president is campaigning for a racist, stupid, law-breaking pedophile and the RNC is contributing to his campaign.  The president says we can’t have another Democrat in the Senate, and he needs Roy Moore to pass his agenda.

If you need the vote from a racist, homophobic, Islamophobic, xenophobic, conspiracy chasing, banned from malls, law-breaking judge who’s also a pedophile to pass your agenda…there’s probably something wrong with your agenda.

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Congressional Booty


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We do not send our representatives to Washington to use their positions to commit sexual harassment. And, when they do and have to settle their workplace disputes, we should not be the ones financing their settlements.

In the early 90s, there was a scandal over members of the House and Senate bouncing checks at the Congressional bank. Most of us weren’t even aware Congress had its own bank. The outrage was so loud that Congress eventually closed the bank. I believe this new information regarding a taxpayer-financed Congressional “shush” fund should garner more outrage.

While Democratic Congressman John Conyers’ settlement with a staffer accusing him of sexual misconduct came out of his own budget, it exposed that over $17 million of our money has been paid to settle workplace disputes, which includes cases of sexual harassment.

Do you know which lawmakers or their aides have settled disputes over sexual harassment? I don’t know either because it’s kept secret.

Representative Jackie Speier, a Democrat from California, testified that two sitting members of Congress, one in each party, have engaged in sexual harassment. She blames the Office of Compliance, which doles out the money. The Office of Compliance is complicit with sexual harassment because by paying these funds out secretly it doesn’t provide a warning for potential victims or punishment for the perpetrators.

Both chambers are now changing rules regarding sexual harassment. The House is about to pass a resolution requiring all members and their staffs participate in anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training, which the Senate has already adopted. A larger hurdle will be getting them to change the rules regarding secrecy. What do you want to bet there are more than two members who have paid out settlements? How many former members are there?

I want to know and I demand that right. So should you. We already know the House and Senate are full of shit weasels but do we have to finance them when they get gropey?

While Conyer’s settlement didn’t come from the “shush” fund, we still paid for it as it came out of his office’s budget. Should Conyers resign? Yes. While the charges against him may have been politically motivated, he still paid out a settlement, used our money to do it, and then kept it hidden. Yes, Conyers should resign. I will not be partisan when it comes to sexual harassment, especially when it’s combined with making us pay the toll for it. And, yes. It’s not fair for Conyers to resign while Trump is still in office but, one hurdle at a time, people.

Plus, if Conyers has to eat it maybe it’ll force those who legislate themselves to take this issue seriously. They need special training to behave like human beings instead of leeches and, they need to end the pattern of secrecy to protect themselves.

Settlements are often the only means in which a victim achieves some sort of justice. Unfortunately, these settlements are also used to silence the victims and protect the perpetrators. Using our money to silence victims is unjust and it should be criminal. Our money should not be used to protect the accused.

I want the accused named and I want it done now.

I haven’t been silenced about this and I intend to get very loud. Join me. Hold our elected representatives accountable.

I want to thank everyone who has donated in the past. Your support helps me continue creating cartoons and columns with a little less stress in my life. Between competing syndicates with much larger resources, timid editors, and Trump supporters who attempt to intimidate the editors who do publish anything that criticizes their idol, it’s a challenge to make a career out of this. So your support (if you can) is appreciated. Want to help me continue to create cartoons and keep doing what I’m doing (pissing off conservatives)? Look to the right of this page and make a donation through PayPal. Every $40 donation will receive a signed print (please specify which print you want or I won’t mail one). All donations will receive my eternal gratitude.