Roy Moore, Al Franken, and Donald Trump. How Do We Sort Out The Differences?

As of the time of writing, nine women have come out with accusations about the sexual conduct of candidate for Senate Roy Moore including that of being a pedophile, the worst of those being one of molesting a 14-year-old. Thirteen people have levied accusations against President Donald Trump, the worst being a 13-year-old claiming rape. (There’s no other kind of sex between a grown ass man and a 13-year-old). Now, a claim has been made against Senator Al Franken, saying he groped and assaulted a woman which comes with a picture of him appearing to fondle her breasts while she slept.

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All of these men claim to have a great respect for women. A lot of people (mostly men but not all) have been able to simultaneously claim their respect for women while attacking those that came forward. It’s clear that partisanship trumps respect every time and that we are able to ignore what these men have done if their views align with our politics.

Roy Moore and Donald Trump have adopted the strategy of denying every claim while shouting, “Fake News!” to the top of their lungs. There are known to be several videotapes of Trump on the set of, “The Apprentice” where he is alleged to have demeaned women and minorities, that people including Mark Burnett the Producer are keeping that information from being made public. By his own admission, he feels empowered to “kiss women” without consent and “grab ’em by the pussy.” Large subsets of people including a majority of “white women” and “white males without a college education” were able to look the other way and support Trump despite his known comments and alleged actions.

Roy Moore was banned from the Gadsden Mall when in his early thirties for cruising the mall trying to pick up young girls. He signed the yearbook of a 16-year-old girl he claimed not to know, in a restaurant he claims to have never been in. In a recent press conference, Roy Moore indicates his desire to “get back to the real issues” affecting Alabama, as if he were not one.

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The woman who came forward to recount her experience with Al Franken is named Leeann Tweeden, a radio personality in Los Angeles. Prior to that, she hosted fitness shows on ESPN including “Fitness Beach” where she gained the fame which likely got her invited on the USO tour where she met Franken. This isn’t going to turn into a, she traded her sexuality for fame and has to expect men to take certain liberties excuse. This is a, it doesn’t matter what a woman looks like, none deserve to be treated in a manner where their bodies and rights are subject to violation. For those who see it as “just a prank,” imagine it was your daughter. How funny would it be then?

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Make no mistake these men and these incidents are not the same. Franken’s behavior doesn’t begin to reach that of the other two. Yet if we accept his behavior, how do we retain the moral authority to condemn the other two?

As to what should happen to the three. I don’t want Roy Moore to be seated in the US Senate, even if he does win the Special Senate Election slated for December 12, 2017. I believed that even before the recent claims of him being a pedophile because he was also a racist and a homophobe.

I want Trump gone too, again though, the reasons are many. Racist, homophobe, potentially treason. That and risking nuclear war to prove what a big man he is, despite the small hands. He’s inarticulate, unintelligent and according to one tally, lies 5.5 times a day.

The question remains, what to do about Franken, whose transgression occurred 11 years ago. I must remember I gave Roy Moore no credit for 40-year-old crimes. The alleged rape committed by Donald Trump was 23 years ago. He doesn’t get a pass either. To his credit, Sen. Franken did not condemn his accuser, he issued an apology, which he added to later on Facebook. So when the sexual harasser is a friendly face, who I’ve admired as a Senator and shares my political views. What to do? In perhaps the first time I’ve ever wanted to paraphrase Donald Trump, “I like Senators who weren’t sexual harassers.”

In our response, as both Democrats and Republicans, we will indicate what we are willing to accept if it advances our political agenda. Is a Democrat looking the other way on Franken much different than Republicans ignoring Moore… Trump. Are we going to simply point fingers and say “what about” Clinton, Bush, Kennedy, and the entirety of the Congress who wrote rules that protect themselves when they are defendants and require the accusers to sign confidentiality agreements to seek redress? It is the culture that must be changed and looking the other way just won’t do. So as much as I have liked Al Franken in his service in the Senate. I think he must go.

My niece, Hayley, said something with which I can find no fault.

” Why are we acting as though there are not well-qualified politicians with our ideals, who have never assaulted someone??? Give his seat to that person.”

 

 

Roy Moore Signed The Girl’s Yearbook And Was Banned By The Gadsden Mall

Roy Moore, the 70-year-old Senate candidate from Alabama is convinced his supporters are stupid. He has vehemently denied the accusations of the initial four women that accused him of sexual harassment and assault, one of the girls was 14 at the time which even in Alabama was a crime. Moore was 32. The last time I dated a 17-year old, I was 19 and we were both in college.

Then a fifth accuser came forward, speaking publicly and volunteering to testify under oath before a Senate Committee should one have balls enough to have a hearing. She says she met him at the restaurant where she worked and that he was a regular customer. He says he’s never been to the restaurant and doesn’t know where it is. She describes various times she encountered him including when he offered her a ride home and tried to force her head into his crotch and finally literally threw her out of the parked car. He says they never met. She says he told her…

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“You are a child. I am the District Attorney of Etowah County If you tell anyone about this, no one will believe you.”

He alleges it’s all a liberal Democrat plot. She voted for Trump. Somebody is lying. If only there were some way to determine who was telling the truth. Oh, wait! He signed her high school yearbook! He indicated he knew her, indicated the restaurant they were at he’d swore he’d never patronized, reminded her he was the District Attorney.

“To a sweeter more beautiful girl I could not say Merry Christmas. Christmas 1977. Love, Roy Moore, D.A. 12-22-77 Olde Hickory House.”

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If that weren’t enough, dozens of people including in law enforcement indicate Roy Moore was banned from the Gadsden Mall for cruising teenage girls. Plainly spoken Roy Moore is a pedophile, stunted in his emotional development to where he could only communicate with those half his age, with little experience. It’s only a matter of time before more women tell their stories, #MeToo.

If you are one of those who still stand by Roy Moore in spite of all that you now know. If you are one of his surrogates who continue to condemn the women that have come forward, calling them liars and impugning their motives. If you are one of those who said, “Even if true” or “It was over 40 years ago” or suggested in any way that it really doesn’t matter. If your ideology would have you prefer a Republican pedophile whose already demonstrated his lack of respect for the law and court system, his bigotry, and homophobia than any Democrat. If you are so obtuse that simply proclaiming, “Fake News” is enough to erase any number of real and demonstrable acts. Fuck you very much!

Babz Rawls Ivy: Shadow Warrior

“Never mess with a badass woman. Her Pen. Or her guitar.” – Fee Thomas

As far as I know, Babz Rawls Ivy doesn’t play guitar? If she did she’d no doubt be badass at that as well. There are words in the dictionary that she doesn’t quite understand the meaning of; impossible, can’t, and failure. The word that replaces each of these is magic, which she believes makes all things possible.

She doesn’t understand the concepts of not having enough time, resources, money, talent, or energy to accomplish her goals. Any attempt to explain there are but 24-hours in a day will be time wasted you’ll never get back. She believes she can do it all… because of magic.

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Life for her ain’t been no crystal stair. I’m not talking out of turn because she tells all of these things herself. She lives her life in public and has no secrets. She was molested in her childhood which informs much of who she is. She was left unable to have children of her own as a result, so she adopted four. She spent 29 days in the Danbury Federal Prison Camp. She was branded a felon. It made her stronger.

Shadow Warriors like Babz are my attempt to recognize others for what they do. In this case, for what she does and what she is able to get others to do. She helps people see and accomplish their own visions. Giving them the strength to do what they otherwise might not. I stumbled across a young poet named Fee Thomas and immediately recognized her talent. I might write an occasional poem but it isn’t my medium. I put Fee in touch with Babz and… magic. Fee’s book, Owning the Color Blue was bound to be published one day, her talent was that obvious. Babz made someday… now. I have a book heading towards publication that would never have happened without her. She pushes, demands, hounds, and has on more than one occasion demanded my soul, to make me better. She should spend more time on herself, Seed and Source Literary Group, and Earth Seed Publishing, her new ventures. She keeps devoting time to others before herself.

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Babz is an activist, she throws herself into too many causes because she alone has unlimited time. She keeps getting asked because she get’s things done. She keeps saying yes too. She often names boards of directors she intends to get off of, “soon!”Civil rights, human rights, education, politics, she’s well informed (and opinionated) on all of these. Talk to Babz you can’t simply have a position, you have to defend it and show how serious you are.

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Babz Rawls Ivy has held political office, is consulted by office holders and in New Haven, CT her opinion matters. I’ve failed to mention her role as Editor-In-Chief of the Inner-City News and host of a call-in radio show. I did mention those four adopted children along with adopted authors and poets that she nurtures to maturity. Babz Rawls Ivy is this month’s, Shadow Warrior. Never bet against black… or magic!

 

I’ll end this piece with the words of another:

“Of Babz, she has the entirety of the wild horses in her heart and when they run, they part the sky.

It’s the most beautiful sound, surpassing all others.

The very first time I heard it,

I knew I was sent to her by The Divine just so I would know what the sound of authentic power sounded like; she in the whole of her Truth.

And the sound of home.”

Fee Thomas

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Each month, Enigma In Black will feature a new Shadow Warrior. We highlight people and organizations doing great work that have yet to receive national recognition. Don’t miss any by following this page.

Please share so that we can bring these Warriors out of the shadows! I’d love to hear your suggestions for future Warriors which you can leave in the comments section.

Past Warriors:

Harry T Moore

The Dreamers

Zain Jacobs

George Cooper

Aramis Ayala

Dr. Crystal A. deGregory

Kelly Hurst

The Wilson Academy

Sevgi Fernandez

Jefferson Beauregard Sessions: The Gentleman From Alabama

One day he will see it, he’ll look in the mirror and find he doesn’t recognize the man staring back at him. Whatever you think of Jeff Sessions, the former Senator from Alabama who is now the Attorney General of the United States and the land’s chief law enforcement officer. He was once a proud man. A man of conviction and firm beliefs.

He’s heard some of the names he’s been called, racist chief among them. But he was always able to brush them aside, knowing they surely didn’t apply to him. He believed in the rule of law, he believed himself to be fair and honorable. Sure he’d had a little slip of the tongue from time to time. He called a black Assistant US Attorney “boy” on multiple occasions and told another to “know his place.” He called the NAACP, “un-American,” although he denied having done so under oath in a failed nomination attempt for a Federal Judgeship. He has gone hard in the paint for voter suppression but in his mind, it was about fighting non-existent fraud and not about keeping black voters from the polls. That’s what he told us anyway.

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He was able to truthfully say that when he served in the Senate, he was liked on both sides of the aisle. He enjoyed the collegiality that used to exist in the Senate and in a one on one setting and in small groups was considered friendly. He took great pride in being referred to as, “The Gentleman from Alabama.”

Somewhere along the line, he lost his way. Sessions was the first from the Senate to endorse Donald Trump and his loyalty has known no bounds. It has become clear he has perjured himself multiple times in Congressional hearings by claiming to have no knowledge of personally meeting with Russian officials during the campaign and being unaware of anyone with the campaign who’d done so. We now know that in meetings including the President-Elect, he was involved in conversations about proposed meetings with Russians. He was told of campaign workers meetings with Russians. He lied under oath putting the President and his administration above his country. He has ignored the actions of Russians in the 2016 campaign and is doing little to stop them in 2018, 2020, and beyond. Jeff Sessions has become something he never imagined he would be… a traitor.

Always a proud man, he has been publicly abused by the President for recusing himself from the Russia investigations after his first lies about personal Russian contacts were revealed. He once offered his resignation letter to the President which was ultimately declined. He would have been better off had it been accepted. He was indignant when his trustworthiness was questioned in his last appearance before Congress, perhaps next time some of his shame will show through?

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This doesn’t end well for Jeff Sessions. While he might have once been a minor footnote in history. He’ll ultimately be revealed as having sacrificed his honor and ignored his oath of office, to protect the worst President in United States history. The word, “Gentleman” will have been replaced by other far less dignified, some not fit for family publications. Whatever you may have once thought of Jeff Sessions, he has proven to be far less. A man without honor, country, and ultimately friends. The soon to be former Attorney General of the United States.

If You Think Being President Ages You… Try Being In Jail

It’s been well documented that being President of the United States rapidly ages the office holder. The never-ending responsibility, the pressure, loss of sleep. None have escaped the toll that four or eight years as President takes on a person. Barack Obama may have cracked a bit less than his predecessors but the evidence is still clear.

There’s another kind of episode that will take a toll, especially for one ill-suited for the experience. Going to jail. Donald Trump wouldn’t do well in jail. When you realize he thinks of the White House as, “a dump.” He can’t possibly feel good about any of our Federal Prisons. The good news is that it will cost us less to protect him there than at Trump Tower, Mar-a-Lago, or any of his other estates.

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We know from watching celebrities that have preceded him, he’ll be unable to use his orange dye and make-up which allows him to pass for 70 now, (he’s 71). On the positive side for Donald, he’ll probably lose weight by being placed on a strict diet although I don’t picture him making use of the exercise area in “the yard.”

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No U.S. President has ever gone to jail before. There is the precedent of Ford pardoning Nixon to prevent that possibility, “for the good of the nation.” If Trump is found to have conspired with an enemy power to influence our elections? If he’s found to have willfully laundered money from the Russian mob? An example must be set. He must go to prison!

The bright side is he’ll likely be near his son and many of his loyal acolytes. When George Papadopoulos was charged with having lied to the FBI it must have sent shivers down the spines (can the spineless have spines?) of Donald, Jr., Michael Flynn, Jared Kushner, Jeff Sessions, and others who we know have lied to the FBI. Maybe it will be a big reunion of the campaign team, Trump can greet them, “Hey, we’re getting the old gang back together!” None of them will age well.

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Trump Word For The Day: Indictment(s)

What is an Indictment?

An indictment is a formal accusation against an individual suspected of committing a crime. Indictments are generally only obtained for felony charges. An indictment is used as an alternative to a complaint in a trial court. A complaint is also an accusation against an individual, but the individual generally must have been arrested as a result of probable cause against him before the complaint can be entered.

However, an indictment against an individual can be obtained before any arrest is made. Further, while a complaint is an affidavit signed by the prosecutor, an indictment is the product of sworn testimony, sometimes by several witnesses, and therefore holds more weight in court. Indictments are used most in the federal court system but can be used in the state court system as well.

What this means to Donald Trump?

It means he won’t be getting much sleep while he waits to see who among his people are being indicted. Will it be one of his Campaign Managers? A treasonous General, his son-in-law, or his son? Once you find out who’s charged, you then have to start figuring out what they know about you? Are they so loyal to you that they’ll go to jail in your place? Will they flip on you faster than an IHOP pancake?

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This is only the beginning… They’re coming for you Donald and this is but the first act of the play!