How A Democrat Accused Of Drunk Shenanigans Accidentally Revealed Another ‘Hush Fund’


Democrats love using our dollars for hush money.

Via Washington Times:

Rep. Raul M. Grijalva quietly arranged a “severance package” in 2015 for one of his top staffers who threatened a lawsuit claiming the Arizona Democrat was frequently drunk and created a hostile workplace environment, revealing yet another way that lawmakers can use taxpayer dollars to hide their misbehavior on Capitol Hill.

While the Office of Compliance has been the focus of outrage on Capitol Hill for hush-money payouts in sexual harassment cases, the Grijalva payout points to another office that lawmakers can use to sweep accusations under the rug with taxpayer-funded settlements negotiated by the House Employment Counsel, which acts as the attorney for all House offices.

The employment counsel negotiated a deal for taxpayers to give $48,395 — five additional months’ salary — to the female aide, who left her job after three months. She didn’t pursue the hostile workplace complaint further.

The arrangement appears to run contrary to House rules that constrain severance packages, and it caught the eye of watchdogs who were already demanding answers about payouts in the wake of harassment complaints.

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Trump Unveils New White House Christmas Card: ‘Happy Holidays’ Is Gone, Merry Christmas Is Back


This is about the ONLY thing he’s done right in a while!!……Papa Mike

Via Daily Mail:

On Monday, the Trump family debuted their holiday card, which wishes Americans a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, instead of the generic, more politically correct, ‘Happy Holidays.’

That’s different from last year’s card sent out by President Obama, which included a family photo and wished Americans a ‘joyous holiday season.’

The Trump card is signed by President Trump, first lady Melania Trump and even 11-year-old Barron and was displayed in the White House’s ‘Bookseller’s’ area, as the Christmas decorations were unveiled today.

The Merry Christmas card keeps Trump’s pledge to ‘say Merry Christmas again’ when he campaigned.

He repeated the pledge most recently in October at the Voter Values Summit when he said: ‘They don’t use the word ‘Christmas’ because it’s not politically correct,’ Trump said. ‘We’re saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again.’

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Hunter Mutilated In Bear Attack Has Face Rebuilt In Pioneering Surgery


Hunter mutilated in bear attack has face rebuilt in pioneering surgery

He turned to leave when the bear suddenly attacked, knocking him unconscious. When he woke he found the aggressive animal standing over him.

Mr Brooke recalled the shock of seeing his “nose and moustache laid out on the ground”, adding: “Now I knew what was wrong with my face.”

He explained: “I felt her sniffing my cheek. I felt her whiskers.

“I should’ve bled to death right there. I should’ve at least drowned on my blood.”

With blood in his eyes blurring his vision, he managed to reach for a steak knife in his pocket, later joking: “I don’t know that I would have been brave enough to stab her if I could see her.

“I had to lean in to stab her in the head. So I was [that] close to her nose.”

He spent around an hour alone in the woods before help arrived, recalling: “I said ‘Lord I could do with a little help about now!’”

His brother-in-law, George Neal, eventually found him and remembered seeing Lee’s torn-off nose and upper lip on the ground. He grabbed the body parts and stuffed them in Lee’s pocket before calling 911.

He said the bear “ripped his face right off”.

Mr Brooke underwent months of reconstructive surgery at the Swedish Medical Center’s Burn and Reconstructive Unit in Colorado.

Dr Benson Pulikkottil and Dr Lily Daniali removed a fibula and a flap of skin from his leg, then used the bone and skin to rebuild his face.

Doctors will eventually reconstruct his nose, possibly even using a part of his own nose they managed to preserve.

“They were so confident and compassionate and communicated really well back and forth,” said Mr Brooke.

“Everybody was phenomenal. They built me up and never let me down. They’re the best of the best.”


SOURCE: The Telegraph