Saturday, July 22, 2017

House of Representatives

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Dirty Pictures
"You hacked my what?!"

Former staff members for Stacey Plaskett have been found guilty of leaking nude pictures and videos of the Congresswoman and her husband.

“Juan R. McCullum, 35, of Washington, D.C., was indicted by a grand jury on two counts of cyberstalking, and a co-worker, Dorene Browne-Louis, 45, of Upper Marlboro, Md., was indicted on two counts of obstruction of justice. The indictment, which was unsealed today, was returned on July 11, 2017, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.” stated The United States Attorney’s Office.

Plaskett claims that Juan R. McCullum, a former staffer for the delegate took her iPhone in for repair. However, it has been noted that he distributed private photos and videos of the couple on the Internet using anonymous emails.

Moreover, McCullum sent out a text message to a fellow staffer, Dorene Browne-Louis mentioning what he had done and sent her a dozen of pictures and videos that were on Plaskett’s phone.

Plaskett stated, “Last year, my privacy was invaded, which was followed by an organized smear campaign and defamatory press reports concerning both me and my family.”

She added, “I was informed today that preliminary arrests had been made of individuals who were involved in those illegal acts. I am deeply grateful to the Capitol Police and U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia for their thorough and in depth investigating the crimes committed against me, and those who I love.”

It has been noted that McCullum had stopped working for Plaskett back in June, just a month before the leaked content made its way to the internet.

“To say my family and I are greatly upset would be a tremendous understatement,” she said at that time, adding that the dissemination of the images was “a shockingly disgusting invasion of my family’s and my privacy — not to mention criminal acts . . .” Plaskett expressed.

Media outlets highlighted that, “McCullum worked from April 2015 until June 2016 in the House member’s legislative office in Washington, D.C. Browne-Louis worked in the same office from January 2015 until April 2016.”

Sen. Ronald Russell condemned such an action made by someone within the Congress and stated, “I personally have never seen this video. However, I absolutely condemn this act. Unfortunately, we have become a voyeuristic society, where things that are done in private are released willy nilly on social media, with no sense of modesty. … Neither me nor my campaign have anything to do with the release of this or any other video.”

It is to be noted, McCullen is set to face two counts of cyberstalking, whereas Browne-Louis shall be facing two counts of obstruction of justice.

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Clay Higgins
If a Democrat did this, they press would be singing their praises about how the video was a bold visual way to keep the sacred memory of the Holocaust alive...

Congressman Clay Higgins, a Louisiana State Republican, posted a self-recorded video message of himself inside a gas chamber in Auschwitz Museum last Saturday. In the 5-minute video, the politician used his surroundings to draw parallels between what happened then to the current security situation in the US.

“The world’s a smaller place now than it was in World War II”, remarked Higgins before continuing, “The United States is more accessible to terror like this, horror like this.”

Being a member of the U.S House Homeland Security Committee, Higgins went on to plug the importance of Homeland and the military, “This is why homeland security must be squared away, why our military must be invincible.”

Higgins compared gas chambers to the situation in America saying “It’s hard to walk away from the gas chambers and ovens without a very sober feeling of commitment — unwavering commitment — to make damn sure that the United States of America is protected from the evils of the world.”

As expected, the video message was not well received. People did not appreciate the Congressman’s misguided attempt to use a tragedy of such epic proportions for his benefit, leading to the Auschwitz Museum tweeting, “Everyone has the right to personal reflections. However, inside a former gas chamber, there should be mournful silence. It’s not a stage.”

In another tweet, “We just remind that it compared summer work as worse than Auschwitz.”

On Wednesday, the 5th of July, Higgins, having publicly lost face, released an equally dramatic apology and removed the video from his facebook page. Contrary to what was contained in the video message, Higgins states that his only intention was to pay homage to the victims in Auschwitz.

He goes on to say, “The atrocities that happened at Auschwitz were truly despicable, and we must never let history repeat itself in such a way. I have always stood with Israel and all Jewish people, and I always will. We live in a dangerous world, and massive forces of evil do indeed yet exist. We must all stand united against those evils. My Auschwitz video has been removed, and my sincere apology for any unintended pain is extended.”

The video may have been retracted by Higgins but not before it was copied and uploaded by others on Youtube.

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Jason Chaffetz
Raise your hand if you want free taxpayer money...

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), urged the all House and Senate lawmakers should receive a $2,500 housing stipend perm month.

He explained how the monthly allowance would greatly help lawmakers afford housing. “I really do believe Congress would be much better served if there was a housing allowance for members of Congress.”

“In today’s climate, nobody’s going to suggest or vote for a pay raise. But you shouldn’t have to be among the wealthiest of Americans to serve properly in Congress,” Chaffetz added.

With two of his children attending college in Virginia and Utah, respectively, Chaffetz argued that it would be impossible for him to manage his housing expenses.

“Washington, D.C., is one of the most expensive places in the world, and I flat-out cannot afford a mortgage in Utah, kids in college and a second place here in Washington, D.C.,” Chaffetz said. “I think a $2,500 housing allowance would be appropriate and a real help to have at least a decent quality of life in Washington if you’re going to expect people to spend hundreds of nights a year here. …

“There are dozens upon dozens of members living in their offices, and I don’t know how healthy that is long term.”

It “would allow the non-millionaires to participate and you would be able to have your spouse join you here,” said Chaffetz, 50, who’s spent 1,500 nights away from his wife and children during his eight-plus years in Congress. “If I wasn’t buying as many airline tickets, it would ultimately be less expensive.”

Although, Cheffetz is set to resign from the House, this Friday, and plans on taking a position on a corporate board, as he believes that he could greatly benefit the IT sector. He states, that, “Particularly in the IT sector, the IT companies of this country don’t understand Washington, D.C., and I feel Washington, D.C., doesn’t understand IT,” he continued. “There are some real big questions about drone technology, who’s going to control that, who’s the law enforcement for that; autonomous vehicles; privacy issues; immigration issues.”

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impeach-obama

Enough is enough, when it comes to Barack Obama’s unconstitutional behavior.

That’s what the South Dakota Republican Party is saying.

In a resolution passed by the party on Saturday, 191 to 176, they recommended that the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington begin impeachment proceedings.

The resolution listed a number of ways Obama violated his oath of office, including the release of Bowe Bergdahl–the captive U.S. soldier now on trial for desertion–whose return was predicated on Obama releasing five dangerous Taliban terrorists.

They also cite Obama’s lies about on ObamaCare, namely his statement that people could keep their existing insurance if they liked it, and a slew of new EPA regulations that have taken on the coal industry without the input or approval of Congress

It ends with the clincher: “Therefore, be it resolved that the South Dakota Republican Party calls on our U.S. Representatives to initiate impeachment proceedings against the president of the United States.”

Even though Barack Obama has only two years left of his final term in office–and the fight to replace him is already underway, both on the Republican side of the aisle and the Democratic one–it’s clear that his wheelings and dealings have continued to leave a bad taste in the mouth of many Republicans.

The resolution was sponsored by Allen Unruh of Sioux Falls, who ardently believes that Obama should be held responsible for all of his circumventing of the Constitution over the last six years.

Describing his anger towards Obama’s unconstitutional dealings, Unruh said, “I’ve got a thick book on impeachable offenses of the president” and that South Dakota ought to “send a symbolic message that liberty shall be the law of the land.”

Much as Unruh said, the resolution is completely symbolic–Congress has no requirement to even consider the South Dakota Republican Party’s resolution–but it remains to be seen if the fight to remove Obama right at the end of his presidency will continue to gain steam.

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