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The Senate Confirmation Hearings for Rex Tillerson, are happening now! Go to the link if you are interested. In addition to concerns about Tillerson’s connections to Vladimir Putin and Russia “Hello” has brought to our attention a new article about Tillerson’s tenure as President of the Boy Scouts. Tillerson served as President of the Boy Scouts from 2010-2012. During that time Tillerson had access to thousands of files of documented Sexual violence against children. Those cases wer enever reported to the police.
While Tillerson was President there was a suit filed in Oregon demanding that the scouts release 1900 files of sexual abuse. The Oregon Supreme Court issued its ruling after Tillerson stepped down as President, but he must have been aware of the content of the files while President.
During Tillerson’s tenure, one particular case was working its way through the Oregon court system, culminating in an October 2012 ruling in the Oregon Supreme Court—four months after Tillerson stepped down as president—that ruled the BSA had to release 1,900 files to the public.
The attitude of Tillerson while serving as President of the Boy Scouts is frightening! He was willing to cover-up outrageous behavior, knowing that the cover-up would likely result in additional cases of abuse. He was supposed to be looking out for the boys in the Boy Scouts instead of the leaders. Yet he acted to protect the leadership of the scouts,instead of the thousands of boys. As Secretary of State, the citizens of America would be the people he should be protecting, but the liklihood is that it would be Trump that he would actually be protecting.
First it was Trump bragging about the size of his hands and other things. Then he was sued in a civil case in which a woman alleged she was raped as a 13 year old by Trump. There was verification that Trump hung out with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. There was the Playboy “soft-porn” movie Trump participated in. The next and perhaps most vile revelation came from the audio tape of Trump referring to “going down on a bitch” and “grabbing her pussy” and being able to do whatever he wanted because he was a celebrity.
Trump dismissed this latest audio tape as “locker room banter” as if that made it acceptable. He explained in the Presidential Debate that he had never actually done those things. He specifically denied ever having done those things.
“No,” he declared under questioning on Sunday evening, “I have not.” The problem is that he has. Jessica Leeds, 74, heard Trump’s denial and she was shocked that Trump would so publicly deny that type of conduct. Thirty years ago when Ms. Leeds was a traveling businesswoman Ms. Leeds said, she sat beside Mr. Trump in the first-class cabin of a flight to New York. They had never met before.
About 45 minutes after takeoff, she recalled, Mr. Trump lifted the armrest and began to touch her. According to Ms. Leeds, Mr. Trump grabbed her breasts and tried to put his hand up her skirt.
He was like an octopus,” she said. “His hands were everywhere.”
She fled to the back of the plane. “It was an assault,” she said.
Ms. Leeds has told the story to at least four people close to her, who also spoke with The New York Times.
Mr. Trump’s claim that his crude words had never turned into actions was equally infuriating to Rachel Crooks, a resident of Ohio. Ms. Crooks was a 22-year-old receptionist at Bayrock Group, a real estate investment and development company in Trump Tower in Manhattan, when she encountered Mr. Trump outside an elevator in the building one morning in 2005.
Aware that her company did business with Mr. Trump, she turned and introduced herself. They shook hands, but Mr. Trump would not let go, she said. Instead, he began kissing her cheeks. Then, she said, he “kissed me directly on the mouth.”
It didn’t feel like an accident, she said. It felt like a violation.
“It was so inappropriate,” Ms. Crooks recalled in an interview. “I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that.”
Shaken, Ms. Crooks returned to her desk and immediately called her sister, Brianne Webb, in the small town in Ohio where they grew up, and told her what had happened.
“She was very worked up about it,” said Ms. Webb, who recalled pressing her sister for details. “Being from a town of 1,600 people, being naïve, I was like ‘Are you sure he didn’t just miss trying to kiss you on the cheek?’ She said, ‘No, he kissed me on the mouth.’ I was like, ‘That is not normal.’”
These stories were made public by Ms. Crooks and Ms. Leeds before the audio surfaced that has become the focus of the Presidential campaign. The accounts of these two women echo those of other women who have previously come forward, like Temple Taggart, a former Miss Utah, who said that Mr. Trump kissed her on the mouth more than once when she was a 21-year-old pageant contestant.
In a phone interview on Tuesday night, a highly agitated Mr. Trump denied every one of the women’s claims.
“None of this ever took place,” said Mr. Trump, who began shouting at the Times reporter who was questioning him. He said that The Times was making up the allegations to hurt him and that he would sue the news organization if it reported them.
“You are a disgusting human being,” he told the reporter as she questioned him about the women’s claims.
Asked whether he had ever done any of the kissing or groping that he had described on the recording, Mr. Trump was once again insistent: “I don’t do it. I don’t do it. It was locker room talk.”
But for the women who shared their stories with The Times, the recording was more than that: As upsetting as it was, it offered them a kind of affirmation, they said.
That was the case for Ms. Taggart. Mr. Trump’s description of how he kisses beautiful women without invitation described precisely what he did to her, she said.
“I just start kissing them,” Mr. Trump said on the tape. “It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait.”
Ms. Crooks and Ms. Leeds never reported their accounts to the authorities, but they both shared what happened to them with friends and family. Ms. Crooks did so immediately afterward; Ms. Leeds described the events to those close to her more recently, as Mr. Trump became more visible politically and ran for president.
Also Wednesday, People magazine published an account by one of its reporters who recalled Trump “pushing me against the wall, and forcing his tongue down my throat” during an interview session at his Mar-a-Lago home. The alleged attack, according to reporter Natasha Stoynoff, came as Trump’s wife Melania, who was then pregnant, changed into a different outfit in another room before they continued their joint interview. The encounter was in 2005, the same year the now-infamous encounter with Billy Bush was recorded, according to Stoynoff.
However the “close second” to child molesters would have to be people who abuse charities. What could be more worthy of admiration than a person who gives altruistically? What could be worse than the use and abuse of a charity? Donald Trump has used and abused charities for his financial gain, to the detriment of the very people he pretends to support.
The Washington Post has done an expose’ on Donald Trump’s use and abuse of Charitable Foundations and the IRS rules related to tax benefits of charitable giving. The Post didn’t address Trump’s failure to support any 9-11 charities
The Post didn’t address Trump’s campaign attempt to appear charitable by using a campaign RV to pass out water in Florida to victims of the recent hurricane.
A thorough review of Trump’s charitable endeavors has revealed fraud, abuse, and self-dealing. In particular:
- In two cases, he has used money from his charity to buy himself a gift. Trump spent $20,000 of money earmarked for charitable purposes to buy a six-foot-tall painting of himself.
2. Money from the Trump Foundation has also been used for political purposes, which is criminal. Trump paid a penalty this year to the Internal Revenue Service for a 2013 donation in which the foundation gave $25,000 to a campaign group affiliated with Florida Attorney General Pamela Bondi (R). In 2013, when the money arrived, Bondi’s office was considering whether to launch an investigation into allegations of fraud by Trump University — accusations that Trump denies. The investigation never started.
3. Trump’s foundation appears to have repeatedly broken IRS rules, which require nonprofit groups to file accurate paperwork. In five cases, the Trump Foundation told the IRS that it had given a gift to a charity whose leaders told The Post that they had never received it.
4. Trump takes charitable gifts to his foundation from other people, and gives those gifts to charities, taking credit for the donation. A perfect example if his gift to the Palm Beach Police Foundation that was identical in amount to a gift given to the Trump foundation by the Evans Foundation. The Evans Foundation gave Trump’s Foundation $150,000 which Trump then donated to the Florida Police Department. Trump was then honored for the gift with the Palm Tree Award for his philanthropy. To rub salt in the wound, Trump made money off the event which was held at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. The police foundation paid to rent the room. It’s unclear how much was paid in 2010, but the police foundation reported in its tax filings that it rented Mar-a-Lago in 2014 for $276,463.
5. Trump’s foundation has lied to the IRS, reporting that a donation of $25,000 was given to a charity in Kansas called Justice for All. In reality, the Kansas group got no money.
Trump Foundation is represented by New York accountants WeiserMazars. The Washington Post sent them a list of questions, giving them the opportunity to explain the errors. They refused to comment. The Post followed up directly with the Trump Foundation. They declined to comment.
The refusal of Trump to produce his personal tax returns makes this report even more troublesome. If Trump had made a single charitable donation, that would be reflected on his returns. Trump’s manipulation of charitable rules is just one of many ways that Trump has manipulated the tax rules to abuse the system, at our expense.
From the time I started this blog, I have been motivated to highlight the damage done to the image of women by Sarah Palin. It was particularly offensive that McCain chose her as a running mate, when there were many more qualified and competent women. Instead of choosing the woman who was most educated, experienced, and hard working, he chose the least educated, least experienced, and the one who quit her job half way into her first term. Clearly,he made his decision based on appearance, and nothing else. Sarah Palin was not simply unhelpful to women. She was harmful. Sarah Palin was against reproductive choice. She was known for making victims pay for their rape exam kits. Her husband is a pimp.
She wears sexually suggestive clothing,
and posts pictures on Facebook of excited supporters.
She entered beauty pageants, feeling there was no reason not to allow men to judge her based on her appearance in a swim suit.
It should not be a surprise that the beauty pageant wanna-be queen endorsed the owner of beauty pageants.
But Trump has not just made money off the exploitation of women in beauty pageants. He has profited off strip clubs, cheated on his wife, and appeared on the cover of the nation’s pre-eminent porn magazine. Today the National Review discloses how he used Trump Model Management to abuse the H-1B visa program. Instead of paying his models$75,000 per year, as promised, he paid them $10,000. Melania, his current, third, wife was one of the models who worked for him.
Thus, when Palin was the potential Vice President, we were horrified at the idea we might have a pimp in the White House…the husband of the Vice President.
Now I’m horrified that we might have a President who views women as commodities, much like Todd Palin.
Consider these things Trump has said about women:
- That giving your wife “negotiable assets” is a terrible mistake.
- That women are essentially aesthetically-pleasing objects.
- That sexual assault in the military is totally expected.
Trump tweeted:26,000 unreported sexual assults in the military-only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?
- That women on “The Apprentice” need to rely on sex appeal.
- That bad press doesn’t matter as long as you have a sexy girlfriend.
- That a woman MUST be hot in order to be a journalist.
- That pumping breast milk is “disgusting.”
- That all women hate prenups, because they are gold diggers.
- That women have a “great act” going on to trick men.
- “If Hillary Clinton can’t satisfy her husband what makes her think she can satisfy America?
- That Angelina Jolie has dated too many guys to be attractive.
- That Bette Midler’s “ugly face and body” are offensive.
- That Rosie O’Donnell is”crude rude obnoxious and dumb.”
- That the best line in any movie is this beautiful gem….My favorite part [of ‘Pulp Fiction’] is when Sam has his gun out in the diner and he tells the guy to tell his girlfriend to shut up. Tell that bitch to be cool. Say: ‘Bitch be cool.’ I love those lines.” — TrumpNation: The Art of Being The Donald, 2005
- That a journalist who offended him had an ugly face….New York Times columnist Gail Collins recalled: “During one down period, I referred to him in print as a ‘financially embattled thousandaire’ and he sent me a copy of the column with my picture circled and ‘The Face of a Dog!’ written over it.”
- That “Cher is “lonely” and “a loser” because she doesn’t support him.
- That women fawn all over him because he is rich and powerful.
Imagine the image of Melania as the First Lady.
The first clue we had about Palin family’s attitude regarding the role of women was Todd’s use of Sarah. Todd was known as the “shadow governor.” Literally thousands of e-mails from the governor’s office show that Todd Palin was copied on hundreds of matters involving running of the state of Alaska. The topics of the e-mails ranged from public criticism of Sarah Palin to her meetings with corporate leaders. As revealed in Blind Allegiance, Todd Palin often subverted the authority of Sarah.
The only thing worse that treating a woman as unworthy to run for the office of Governor, was to use a woman as a puppet. Todd Palin did the governing and used Sarah as his puppet.
There was the story of Todd Palin using women as prostitutes.
Todd and his attorney have NEVER denied the report, in spite of being asked directly.
Bristol have two or more children out of wedlock certainly gives the impression that Palin women are valuable for one thing. The fact that Bristol never pursued a profession, a college education, and hasn’t worked a regular job for anyone except maybe Dr. Jack Me-off, is a clear indication that the Palin family treats women with little respect.
The type of friend that Bristol chose as her BFF is further indication of her perception of the role and worth of women. It’s not just that Marina is such a good friend!
What is particularly troublesome is that Marina seems to be one of the family.
“m” sent us this video of the pretrial conference for the pending criminal charges against Track Palin.
As indicated, the charges against track are misdemeanors. He is charged with fourth-degree assault, interfering with the report of a domestic violence crime, and possession of a firearm while intoxicated. Remember that Track committed this violence while brandishing an assault weapon, and with a blood alcohol level of 0.189. A blood alcohol level of .08 is considered legally drunk in Alaska. A blood alcohol level of .189 represents a very serious level of intoxication. Thus the combination of a serious level of intoxication, possession of an assault weapon, and physical abuse of his girlfriend represents a dangerous, and potentially fatal, combination. The fact that Track was only charged with a misdemeanor, and didn’t take the criminal charges seriously enough to appear in court, is an indication that the Palins feel they are above the law. It is also a clear indication that abuse of women is tolerated in the Palin family.
The fact that Sarah has endorsed Donald Trump, an abuser of women, is a clear indication that Sarah is being used by a man once again. She seems to be proud to be associated with a man who abuses women.