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Rep. John Conyers, the Michigan Democrat who’s the longest-serving member of the House, has stepped down from his leadership role as ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee after it was revealed last week that he’d settled a sexual harassment complaint brought against him by a former aide. Documents from the case alleged that Conyers had made sexual advances toward women who worked for him and that he asked staff to help him manage his extramarital affairs. Conyers is under investigation by the House Ethics Committee.

One good thing is coming out of the revelations about Conyers, and the claims agains Al Franken in the Senate: Congress may — once it takes care of the really important work of cutting taxes on the super-rich — modify a 1995 law that requires parties in harassment complaints against members of Congress to sign confidentiality agreements. As we’ve discussed, the existing process of handling such cases is just this side of Kafkaesque and designed to make transparency next to impossible:

In the House, a bipartisan group of lawmakers, led by Representative Jackie Speier, Democrat of California, and Representative Barbara Comstock, Republican of Virginia, is pushing for legislation that would require claims to be handled in public. In the Senate, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrat of New York, has put forth similar legislation.

“It was a system set up in 1995 to protect the harasser,” Ms. Speier said on the ABC program “This Week,” adding, “We say zero tolerance, but I don’t believe that we put our money where our mouths are.”

One major question, however, is whether the Speier-Comstock legislation should apply retroactively, meaning that those who have paid past settlements would now be identified. The legislation would cover any settlement reached since the beginning of this year.

So now we get to have a debate over how much protection past harassers who are still in Congress should have, which should make for a pretty disturbing whip count. If it’s more Democrats than Republicans, expect the majority to insist on full disclosure, since healing can only begin with transparency, but if it’s more Republicans than Democrats, then obviously there’s no need to go digging into matters that are long past and which all the parties had agreed to, because that would be really unfair to folks who thought everything was all over, and how can healing ever begin if we insist on reopening old wounds?

Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman said he’d be in favor of retroactive disclosure, while House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said she’s fine with perpetrators being exposed, but if victims don’t want to be named publicly, they shouldn’t have to be unmasked:

“All of these nondisclosure agreements have to go,” Ms. Pelosi said on “Meet the Press.” But, she said, “if the victim wants to be private, she can be.”

An attorney who represents sexual harassment victims, Debra Katz, said some women would not want to be exposed along with perpetrators:

For a number of my clients, that’s the last thing in the world they would want and could have life-altering consequences […] They settled their cases to be able to move on with their lives while protecting their privacy.

But Lisa Bloom, who represents the woman who settled in the Conyers case, said the nondisclosure agreement had prevented her client from speaking publicly, and asked Conyers to release the woman from the agreement so she could go on the record. So there’s an idea: If there’s going to be retroactive disclosure of past settlements, maybe give the victims a say in whether their names would be redacted? We are not lawyers, but maybe that could work, huh?

As for Conyers, we aren’t sure his lawyer, Arnold Reed, is doing him any favors:

On Wednesday, Mr. Reed had said in an interview that Mr. Conyers believed that some of those suggesting that he step down, including fellow Democrats, had been scheming for years to push him out of his Judiciary post.

Conyers’s decision to step down from Judiciary — “temporarily” forever — was apparently brokered with some nudging from Nancy Pelosi, who didn’t quite call for him to step down on the Sunday shows, but also said, before he actually said he’d step down, that she was sure he’d “do the right thing,” at least now that he had been exposed for doing the wrong thing. And yes, as we said before, even though the information appears to have come out as the result of Republican ratfucking, that doesn’t make the settlement — and the allegations in it — not exist.

In other news, Donald Trump Jr. would like you all to know that “boys being boys” has never ever been a problem, at least not until there was such a thing as the New York Times. He really is a smart, smart man.

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  • ManchuCandidate

    No one is above the law even the law makers.

    Also said that stupid law shielding reps from the law was from faithful cancer hating blow job loving husband Newt’s Contract On America.

  • Msgr_MΩment

    has stepped down from his leadership role as ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee

    So, how rank was his member, Johnny?

  • Latverian Diplomat

    If it’s more Democrats than Republicans, expect the majority to insist on full disclosure, since healing can only begin with transparency, but if it’s more Republicans than Democrats, then obviously there’s no need to go digging into matters that are long past…

    “We are planning to label all perpetrators as Democrats, does that help?”
    — Fox News, Chyron “Mistake” Department

  • Martini Ambassador 🍸

    And yet, the guy who’s been accused of rape 16 times and who is recorded bragging about assaulting women gets to keep his job because IOKIYAR.

    • Swampgas_Man

      It’s OK apparently if you DENY doing it; if you admit it, you’re guilty and should be hung. Yes, pun intended.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    “I blame my fellow Democrats, because my party is all about circular firing squads.”
    — John Conyers

  • Cousin Itt un Mondialiste

    All of these fuckers need to resign–men, women, Republicans, Democrats, whatever.

    Just get the fuck out of Congress and stop pretending you represent me or my fellow Americans.

  • BadKitty904

    I’m just so sick over this I can’t even comment.

    • Lance Thrustwell

      Good thing they’re not allowed.

      • wide_stance_hubby

        I thought you just couldn’t comment aloud.

        • capnkrunch

          Is that like “don’t ask questions you don’t know the answers to”?

          • wide_stance_hubby

            See also, “don’t ask me nothing about nothing, I just might tell you the truth.”

          • ImGoingBacon

            I know the answer, but I’m asking you the question.

  • janecita
    • nightmoth

      I, too, was somewhat annoyed by that. haha.

    • Mr. Blobfish

      He has a kind of reverse-Midas touch.

      • aureolaborealis

        The Mierdas touch.

    • Cousin Itt un Mondialiste

      He spoke under the watchful eye of a portrait of President Andrew Jackson, known for his forceful removals of Native Americans from their ancestral lands.

      Why didn’t Trump just thank the redskins for their service with thoughts and prayers? What? There’s actually a professional football team named the Redskins? Just fuck me now.

      https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/trump-calls-warren-pocahontas-event-honoring-native-americans-n824266

      • Latverian Diplomat

        As an aside, I thought there was a media moratorium on calling them by the team name, but I had the misfortune to see part of their Thursday game and the moniker was used freely and without hesitation.

        • Beelzebubba

          I just pretend that their mascot is a potato.

          • Lascauxcaveman

            Reminds me of the Weekend Update joke when the Washington Bullets decided to change their name to something less offensive and controversial, and as of next basketball season, they will simply be referred to as “The Bullets.”

        • Lascauxcaveman

          Some news outlets honor that moratorium referring to the team only as “Washington.” I don’t know if any do the same for the Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves or Kansas City Chiefs.

          FWIW, the team mascot for the Neah Bay (reservation) school not far from my town is The Red Devils. Probably chosen with at least a little bit of irony, long ago, before the use of native American nomenclature was a big public issue.

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      And then of course SHS had to double down and claim the only thing that was “offensive” was Warren pretending to be Native American.

      • Indeniable Ron

        Which, IIRC, she a) didn’t do, but b) was nonetheless entitled to. (Do correct me if I am misremembering it.)

        • nightmoth

          I think she said there was Cherokee in her ancestry but the Oklahoma Cherokees said she wasn’t a member of their tribe. Which doesn’t mean she doesn’t have some Cherokee in her. She was basing it on family oral history. I’ve got the same stories in my family, but I haven’t done a DNA test to find out the truth. It would probably be a good idea for Warren to find out her ancestry for sure so we wouldn’t have to keep hearing that stupid smear.

          • Thiazin Red

            A DNA test wouldn’t necessarily show it either. We have a documented native american great-great grandmother, but doing one of those ancestry kits doesn’t show it.

          • nightmoth

            That’s very interesting. I think I know my ancestry, but I have been curious about the kits and plan to do one.

          • richardgrabman

            It seems that ever native Oklahoman claims to have some Cherokee blood. Most don’t but they believe they do.

          • nightmoth

            That’s what I’ve understood from the kerfluffle over Warren. It’s the same in my home state of North Carolina. Mine was supposedly a Cherokee woman who escaped the Trail of Tears and married a grandfather from Burke County, which is in the mountain foothills.

          • aureolaborealis

            When I was a kid, the joke in my family is that everyone in the U.S. claimed to have descended from Cherokee princesses.

    • Covfefe

      Say what you want, but when Native Americans were running things there weren’t any restrictions at all on the right to keep and bear guns.

      • Indeniable Ron

        ‘… the right to keep and bear bows shall not be infringed.’

    • GoutMachine

      As a wise person with a pickup truck once said, “Fuck Trump and fuck you for voting for him.”

    • (((fka_donnie_d))), SOB

      Hah, Trump calling someone special. That’s good.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    So apparently, Judiciary is the only committee Conyers is on? I know that’s a biggie, but is that a typical workload?

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      It’s a little unusual for someone not in a leadership position to have such a light committee assignment load.

  • Cousin Itt un Mondialiste

    I heard Franken’s presser today. I really hoped he would say he resigned from the Senate.

    I guess that’s too much to ask for in 2017.

    • Indeniable Ron

      I think his putting his fate in the hands of an ethics review is the right thing to do.

      • Cousin Itt un Mondialiste

        OK, but resign first.

        • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

          We won’t let him.

        • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

          If he resigns first, I don’t think the Ethics Committee would have any jurisdiction anymore.

        • sarafina

          No. There’s no sense in cutting off the whole head when it is unnecessary.

  • BadKitty904

    Can We Just Check Back In 100 Years When The Ladies Have Taken Over?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGLSZ1ujHBE

  • VyKeVin

    And then of course SHS had to double down and claim the only thing that was “offensive” was Warren pretending to be Native American.

    • cmd resistor

      Amazing.

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      I learned that it’s only a racial slur if the user believes it is and intends for it to be understood as such. She is really just a font of wisdom.

      • Cornelius Fussbudget

        It’s even more complicated than that. Additionally, it’s only a racial slur if no one was offended enough to speak up about it. After someone does, it was a joke the whole time and that person is just a humorless idiot. Sort of like Schrodinger’s cat, but with more hate.

      • 🍁 Girl Guide Salute 🖖🏻

        Sarah’s not a font of wisdom. She’s a dingbat.

    • Rebel Scum with permit

      And also, too, Dotard referred to Warren as Pocohantas at a ceremony honoring Navajo Code Talkers. He was met with silence.

  • Cousin Itt un Mondialiste

    From my home state of Kansas, once upon a time, there was a politician of impeccable integrity and honesty and I would vote for her today over any of these Democratic asshole men.

    Nancy Landon Kassebaum (R-KS)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nancy_Kassebaum

    • Resistor Radio

      Nancy K was good people.

    • sarafina

      Yeah, but Brownback got voted in TWICE.

      • Cousin Itt un Mondialiste

        Today is different in Kansas.

  • WilbyToad
    • Cousin Itt un Mondialiste

      AND, he insults again, a woman. While demeaning entire first nations of people. What next for the daily trifecta?

      No, I don’t want to know. Just by being in office, he insults everyone on Earth.

      Dammit, GOP, he’s your monster, remove him! Discommendation or whatever you fucking Klingons do.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/617aa4129f6f707ee18fc62417ae3877e1827a661c8dc5a5f886e5f9822f69b3.jpg

      • marxalot

        Objection! Presumes Klingon-like honor very much not in evidence.

    • 🍁 Girl Guide Salute 🖖🏻

      Calling it now.

      He’s going to do blackface at an MLK Breakfast.

      Wait for it.

      • Daniel

        “We used to have one of you in you know in the White House. He was terrible, but I’ve made it better- horrible days when he was here.”

  • UncleTravelingMatt

    SHS is a goddamned moron. “The president has opinions on things, and he agrees with those opinions.”
    “What is his opinion?”
    “Clearly, it is the opinion he agrees with.”

    • ariel_gee_398

      It’s rare to find this good a match between a president and their spokesperson, but she truly is the perfect dissembling idiot for this job.

      • Suttree

        Kellyanne is too wordy.

    • Ling Ling

      Full marks for consistency.

    • OrG

      Except when it’s not.

    • marxalot

      Ron Zeigler would like a word.

    • jesterpunk
    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      Remember that one time Josh Lyman went in front of the press in West Wing?

      Why is her everyday performance like that?

    • Lascauxcaveman

      When there’s nothing you can possibly say that justifies or even explains your terrible boss’ behavior, just babble.

  • GoutMachine

    OT, but it looks like we have a Jane O’Keefe on our hands:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/a-woman-approached-the-post-with-dramatic–and-false–tale-about-roy-moore-sje-appears-to-be-part-of-undercover-sting-operation/2017/11/27/0c2e335a-cfb6-11e7-9d3a-bcbe2af58c3a_story.html

    A woman who falsely claimed to The Washington Post that Roy Moore, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Alabama, impregnated her as a teenager appears to work with an organization that uses deceptive tactics to secretly record conversations in an effort to embarrass its targets.

    In a series of interviews over two weeks, the woman shared a dramatic story about an alleged sexual relationship with Moore in 1992 that led to an abortion when she was 15. During the interviews, she repeatedly pressed Post reporters to give their opinions on the effects that her claims could have on Moore’s candidacy if she went public.

    • Suttree

      Because that ploy was ever fucking fresh and meaningful to find truth. Fucking scumbags.

    • jesterpunk

      Sounds like something Moore’s supporters would do to muddy the waters and continue with the claim that the Washington Post is publishing fake stories.

      • Suttree

        About 20 bazillion examples can probably be found on reddit and 4chan.

        • jesterpunk

          Just in the deplorable subs on reddit. I remember last year anytime Trump was accused of assaulting a women they would claim Hillary assaulted them.

      • ariel_gee_398

        Yeah, that was my question – was she trying to discredit Moore or the Post?

        • jesterpunk

          The Post. Remember Moore claimed the Washington Post lied and they had the fake phone calls offering money for women willing to admit Roy Moore abused them.

          • ariel_gee_398

            Ye gods these people are dumb. They really thought they could get the Post to run with a trash story? They’re not the NY Times, for fuck’s sake.

          • jesterpunk

            Yep they are fucking morons.

          • Beelzebubba

            O’Queef is a fucking moron, and he’s also an evil shit, and I hate having to pick between the two, but… either:
            (1) They really do believe that the Moore stories are “fake news”, and that WaPo would happily publish more of the same, or
            (2) They know it’s all true, and that the “fake news” defense is bullshit, and this was an attempt to discredit all of WaPo’s actual reporting of actual factual facts, which they hate.

          • jesterpunk

            Looks like it was James O’Keefe and his group doing it from other stories.

      • UnsaltedSinner

        And the fact that the WaPo checked her story and realized she was a liar, and so never published her claims, will obviously not become part of the story when wingnuts tell it.

    • puredog

      This is a great story, I must say. Nonetheless, I thought this quote from the article a tad bit hinky: “But on Monday morning, Post reporters saw her walking into the New York
      offices of Project Veritas, an organization that targets the mainstream
      news media and left-leaning groups.” That seems. . .awfully convenient. Were Post reporters surveilling her? Or is “Post reporters” a euphemism for “investigatores hired by Post reporters”? Not that it is all that important in the larger scheme of things, but. . .it’s just interesting.

      • GoutMachine

        I got the feeling that they were suspicious of her, so they probably had someone keeping an eye on Veritas.

        • puredog

          Fair enough.

      • Beelzebubba

        It’s called “reporting”. Or “following up.”
        Nice bit of work, and yet another black eye for O’Queef and his ratfuckers.

    • ImGoingBacon

      Courtesy of Wonkette’s friend, James O’Queef.

      • Resistor Radio

        Queef libelz!

    • jesterpunk

      Ok this might be a little conspiracy hat time but if they are willing to do this how do we know they didnt fake the anonymous new Franken accusers?

      • Ninja0980

        Leeann Tweeden was part of the hit squad on Shirley Sherrod so that question isn’t out of bounds.

        • jesterpunk

          The second “accuser” was because Franken disagreed with her math on a show. Then there where 2 more anonymous ones who just repeated what the other lady said about him grabbing her butt in a photo during a campaign event.

      • 🍁 Girl Guide Salute 🖖🏻

        And therein lies the problem. “Lies” meaning two things. Any woman working for the Orwellian-named “Veritas” is poisoning the well for future rape accusers, just like the incompetent hacks at Rolling Stone tainted the campus rape issue for years to come. Which, of course, is the point. These kapos are of the same mentality, that any woman who accuses a man of rape is either lying for personal gain or was asking for it.

        Unless he’s a Republican, in which case rape doesn’t exist because the Bible said so, and any woman (or girl!) who says otherwise must be a heathen liberal traitor who discovered feminism and turned lesbian to get revenge on men.

        I hate these shitsferbrains so fucking much.

        • jesterpunk

          I do too, they where being paid by Trump last year for shit like this too.

      • The Person.

        My personal policy is to believe women without exception, (even Trump supporting women, though it’s hard,) but all the ratfucking is making it an even more confuising mess.

        • jesterpunk

          I do too but yeah the ratfucking does make it hard to believe some of these stories, especially since the one claim was because he disagreed with her math.

        • Resistor Radio

          That’s also too my personal policy, but this mess is super fucking confusing right now.

          Besides all the Roger Stone involvement and whatever, the fact that these guys are all on message about “false accusations”… well, I’ll just say that everything, every fucking thing, they do is about projection, and that’s causing me to side-eye some of the allegations.

          I want to believe that these ladies aren’t lying, because if they are, it’s gonna make things sooooo much worse for all of us in the long run. My gut is saying one thing, but my brain is telling me to believe the women. Period. And it SUCKS, I’m so mad at the bad-touching and I’m mad that things aren’t clear, and I’m also mad that bad-touchers have the option of saying “no I didn’t, she’s lying!” when she’s telling the truth. So that she gets victimized twice. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.

          Why can’t things be simple, huh? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a90d3d41386346c360afac7cd88e11e2392291111eee0c1354230cac8ed30674.gif

    • Resistor Radio

      I’ve long suggested he might have a love child, but I promise it wasn’t me. I’m neither his love child nor some creepo making the claim. I promise. Really. It wasn’t me.

  • Suttree

    If you are going to make it retroactive, just go ahead and make it retroactive since the stupid fucking law was made.

  • elviouslyqueer

    I need to go back into my turkey-induced coma, because I’ve blown right through my quote of “can’t evens” for this week.

    • Suttree

      Monday is a good day for left over gin. i wish I had more because it’s about to turn into left over whiskey.

  • marxalot

    I want to burrow into something, some kind of substrate, and stay there until this is over.

    • Paperless Tiger

      A bullshit shelter?

      • Resistor Radio

        Where can I get one, can I build it myself, does it have a good sound system?

  • Beelzebubba

    So…. James O’Queef and his traveling circus tried to sting WaPo with a bullshit account from a fake Roy Moore teen victim.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/a-woman-approached-the-post-with-dramatic–and-false–tale-about-roy-moore-sje-appears-to-be-part-of-undercover-sting-operation/2017/11/27/0c2e335a-cfb6-11e7-9d3a-bcbe2af58c3a_story.html

    ETA: Posted just below by GoutMachine. Let’s follow up on that thread.

    • Daniel

      Do these people know that journalism is not all about stings?

      • UnsaltedSinner

        They probably assume all journalists are as unethical as they are.

        • Resistor Radio

          THIS! THIS THIS THIS!

          Everything is projection with them because they think everyone else is just as terrible as they are.

    • jesterpunk

      Bernie Bernstein was busy?

      https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/11/14/alabama-pastor-says-man-posing-as-washington-post-reporter-offered-reward-for-dirt-on-roy-moore/?utm_term=.a89c18b572a9

      A pastor in Alabama said he received a voice mail Tuesday from a man falsely claiming to be a reporter with The Washington Post and seeking women “willing to make damaging remarks” about Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore in exchange for money.

      The call came days after The Post reported on allegations that Moore initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl nearly four decades ago, sparking calls by leading Republicans for him to abandon his campaign for the U.S. Senate in a special election to be held Dec. 12.

      Pastor Al Moore of Creola, Ala., said he received the call on his cellphone a little after 7 a.m. Tuesday from a private number, which he did not answer.

      The caller, claiming to be “Bernie Bernstein,” left a 27-second voice mail, which Moore played for local CBS affiliate WKRG.

      “I’m a reporter for The Washington Post calling to find out if anyone at this address is a female between the ages of 54 to 57 years old, willing to make damaging remarks about candidate Roy Moore for a reward of between $5,000 and $7,000,” the caller said in the voice mail.

      • Rebel Scum with permit

        The WaPo article was interesting because it gave a look behind the scenes- how does a story get verified?

      • The Person.

        Trying to make it look like a Bernie Bro (TM) diddit?

        • jesterpunk

          I think Jewy Jewisteen was too obvious for them.

          • The Person.

            Although I could see them going with that too.

  • 🍁 Girl Guide Salute 🖖🏻

    OT: My mother’s got some holiday music on and I just want to say, I’m kind of tired of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” getting bundled in with the cheesy tinsel-and-trees fare.

    The actual song is an allegorical masterpiece that doesn’t fit with “Here Comes Santy Claus” and other overplayed, consumerist retail-store pap.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrLk4vdY28Q

    • jesterpunk

      Have you listened to TSO? Their christmas stuff is really good and their live shows are amazing, they go all out for it every year and just keep getting better and better.

      • 🍁 Girl Guide Salute 🖖🏻

        Toronto Symphony Orchestra? I love orchestras. I haven’t, but I’ll have to check them out. Mom’s got the Comcast all-holiday-music channel on as background noise. I like Pentatonix (who sings the version in their setlist) but I just don’t think “Hallelujah” fits. It’s like some radio DJ just threw it in there because it had religious-sounding lyrics, and the association stuck.

        • jesterpunk
          • Beelzebubba

            TSO’s determination to overtop the last over-the-top tour is putting them into “Spinal Tap with a big budget” space, but they are still good, deafening fun.

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      Someone on Facebook posted a mall-food-court Hallelujah flash mob. It gave me chills.

      • 🍁 Girl Guide Salute 🖖🏻

        Well, I guess they had to use the mall for something now that retail is mostly dead. Consumerism ruins everything. Including consumerism itself.

    • Resistor Radio

      I haven’t been able to listen to that one since Kate McKinnon.

    • Beelzebubba

      We listened to a painfully lame cover of “Everybody Knows” while on the road for T-day. Some sappy boy crooner. It. Was. Terrible.

    • mysonsam

      This song brings me to tears every single time…
      In the midst of the ongoing trumpster fire, there are still voices with messages such as this.

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    I had occasion this weekend, when the news broke that David Cassidy had died, to contemplate the nature of attraction. It was somewhat expected of girls of my age that we would be moony over Cassidy. But I wasn’t. And the reason I wasn’t was that he was a decade older than me. I was fourteen, and he was twenty-four, and that was too fucking old. People in their thirties – pfft. If an obituary mentioned someone’s death at, say, 37, I’d be all, “oh, he lived a long life.” So if you try to tell me that 14-year-old girls are flattered by the attentions of a 32-year-old man, you’re lying. Or you’re deliberately choosing a tiny, finite sampling of girls who grow up so fucked-up that they ARE attracted to men twice their age plus eight, and ignoring the massive numbers of girls like me who were not even interested in pop- and television-star David Cassidy because, again, TOO OLD.
    #me@14

    • puredog

      “Twice their age plus eight four.”
      MATH IZ HARD.

      • Good_Gawd_Yall

        Oh, oops.

    • Resistor Radio

      Actors in their thirties played high school kids on tv during my formative years…it was confusing.

    • I don’t think you understand.
      Roy Moore had a car. Not only could he take you TO the mall, he could also
      oh fuck
      why are we stopping Roy
      this is not my house

  • Paul

    “One major question, however, is whether the Speier-Comstock legislation should apply retroactively”
    This puzzles me. Article 1 Section 9 clearly states that “No… ex post facto law shall be passed.”

    • doktorzoom

      This would be a law affecting how the House & Senate manage themselves, not a law that affects people at large. And it would affect only disclosure of information, not whether past actions would be punished. But because the people who participated in past investigations did so under the old rules, so yes, there’s concern for the victims who may have assumed their identity would not be made public.

  • tehbaddr

    Congress critters, really the majority of them should be tossed into the compost!

    • natoslug

      Rancid meat in your compost is generally a bad idea. Attracts rats.

      • SDGeoff3

        And Corinthians.

        • Resistor Radio

          Two of them.

          • SDGeoff3

            Side by each.

    • little miss high and mighty

      Not far enough!

  • Delu

    The resignation of Conyers.

    What the left gained: The moral highground, presumably or maybe not. Assurance that they won’t be called hypocrites by Trumpians anymore (definitely not!)

    What the left lost: A sitting senator, perhaps more on the way in future.

    What the Trumpians gained: The left losing one senator, snickering over the left doing so.

    What the Trumpians lost: Nothing, will continue to support their sex offenders while calling the left hypocrites at the same time.

    The cycle will keep repeating itself until these guys are all challenged to do the same.

    • BreakingDeadMen

      Democrats walk the talk. So be it.

    • sarafina

      About fucking time that old goat leaves. If there aren’t any young competent black people in Michigan I’d be very surprised.

    • redblack

      says the canadian.

      first, conyers is a rep, not a senator.

      second, what we really lost was a viable single-payer bill.

      conyers might have been a creeper, but part of this story was calculated by the GOP/pee party and Big Money™.

  • Paperless Tiger

    Nancy rules!

    • sarafina

      She knows how to use the rules!

  • ken_kukec

    Can somebody explain to these alter kockers they should be playing shuffleboard and soaking their dentures, not out running around chasing tail?

  • abstract668

    Please don’t quote Lisa Bloom any more. She went over to the dark side, shamed her awesome mom, and is DEAD to me.

  • Bangkok Taxi

    Short of credible witness or evidence, a great deal of this stuff is just nothing but he said she said. No matter the lurid detail or supposed credibility, believing the accuser
    and sanctioning punishment on that basis is, in the end, not good for anyone.

  • Bangkok Taxi

    A blast from the past. How things change and yet stay the same.

    James Henry Hammond (Nullifier Party – SC) U.S. Representative and later Senator,[19] engaged in a homosexual relationship with a college friend, pursued what he called “a little dalliance” with his teenage nieces, and had sexual relationships with female slaves including a girl aged 12.[20] The affair with his nieces became public in 1843, and forced Hammond to withdraw from his Senate bid in 1846, but he later became a U.S. Senator again in 1857.[21]

  • Blackest Noobs

    so you want Franken and Conyers to resign? Ok, sure but Clarence Thomas also needs to resign too.

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