Monday, March 27, 2017

This Week's Idiot in Politics: Kansas Senator Pat Roberts

All women should be appalled, especially those in Kansas. Sadly, there seems to be enough material for a weekly post of "Political idiot of the week" winners. Here's this week's winner from Kansas - a Republican Senator: Pat Roberts who made a snarky comment about mammograms and health coverage.


Reporter Alice Olstein of TalkingPoints Memo.com, a (legitimate) news source on Capitol Hill Tweeted: "I asked Sen. Roberts if he supports scrapping Essential Health Benefits. "I wouldn't want to lose my mammograms," he snarked"

Sen. Pat Roberts apologizes for 'mammogram' line

Story from CNN.COM:
Updated 2:54 PM ET, Thu March 23, 2017
(CNN)Sen. Pat Roberts, a Kansas Republican, apologized Thursday afternoon for making an apparent joke about mammograms related to what features are or are not included in Republicans' plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Kansas Republican Senator Pat Roberts Credit: CNN
  "I deeply regret my comments on such an important topic," Roberts said in a statement. "I know several individuals whose lives have been saved by mammograms, and I recognize how essential they are to women's health. I never intended to indicate otherwise, and I apologize for my comments."
Roberts, who's known for employing a dry sense of humor, told a Talking Points Memo reporter earlier in the day: "I wouldn't want to lose my mammograms." 
  He was referring to a potential change in the Republican health care plan that would gut a measure requiring insurers to cover "essential health benefits," including mammograms for breast cancer screening.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

A Good Thriller: The Athena Project

I've read and enjoyed every novel that Brad Thor has written about his lead character Scot Harvath, but this novel wasn't about him. It was about a new all-female team working as a Top Secret group for the military.
   It was a good story about a possible scientifically advanced technology that was being created by the Nazis in World War 2. This also involves the Russian mob, and an arms dealer in Venice, and Croatia, Prague, the Czech Republic and even Denver, Colorado. - There was a lot of locations, and a lot of characters.
   I had a lot of trouble keeping track of the 4 women and who they were as people. They were identified in the first chapter and I had to go back a couple of times to remember their backgrounds. After a while I just kept reading as they all blended together. It's just easier for me to follow one or two main characters.
   If you don't put it down more than a couple of times, you'll likely be able to follow it better than I could- but it was enjoyable.


THE STORY: The world’s most elite counterterrorism unit has just taken its game to an entirely new level. And not a moment too soon . . .
   From behind the rows of razor wire, a new breed of counterterrorism operator has emerged.
Just as skilled, just as fearsome, and just as deadly as their colleagues, Delta Force’s newest members have only one thing setting them apart—their gender. Part of a top-secret, all-female program codenamed The Athena Project, four of Delta’s best and brightest women are about to undertake one of the nation’s deadliest assignments.
    When a terrorist attack in Rome kills more than twenty Americans, Athena Team members Gretchen Casey, Julie Ericsson, Megan Rhodes, and Alex Cooper are tasked with hunting down the Venetian arms dealer responsible for providing the explosives. But there is more to the story than anyone knows.
    In the jungles of South America, a young U.S. intelligence officer has made a grisly discovery. Surrounded by monoliths covered with Runic symbols, one of America’s greatest fears appears to have come true. Simultaneously in Colorado, a foreign spy is close to penetrating the mysterious secret the U.S. government has hidden beneath Denver International Airport.
    As the women close in on their target, they will soon learn that another attack—one of unimaginable proportions—has already been set in motion, and the greatest threat they face may be the secrets kept by their own government.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Video blog: MICROWAVES (Are Watching You!) - Randy Rainbow Song Parody

It's another new  Randy Rainbow Song Parody (of Hall and Oates' "Private Eyes). Randy calls it:
MICROWAVES (Are Watching You!) 
VIDEO: https://youtu.be/Ub5GkBtIjhc

Friday, March 24, 2017

Franklin Friday Fun at Petco

Franklin at Petco
  To recognize Franklin Friday, here are some of his birthday adventure photos!  
On Franklin the Dachshund's 13th birthday, March 19th, one of his celebrations included a trip to Petco. If you're a Petco card member (it's free) you can put the birthdates of your pets on their website and they send you a free coupon for 1 pound of their gourmet dog treats from their "treat bar." Franklin couldn't resist that!


Sniffing out treats through a bag is difficult!
  So, we walked around the store, picked up his free treats and some beef and chicken jerky and 2 stuffed monkeys with squeakers of course (that Tyler quickly removed at home), because Franklin's nickname is "the Monkey." 
Franklin wonders what a hoof is...



Thursday, March 23, 2017

This Week's Idiot in Politics: Oklahoma senator, faces child prostitution charges

This week's idiot in Politics is a Conservative Republican in Oklahoma who was found in a hotel room with a 17 year old boy he was paying for sex. Yes, he's married to a woman and has children.

Oklahoma GOP senator, faces child prostitution charges

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Oklahoma prosecutors on Thursday filed child prostitution charges against Republican state Sen. Ralph Shortey after police found him in a hotel room with a 17-year-old boy.
Shortey, 35, surrendered to authorities on charges of engaging in child prostitution, transporting a minor for prostitution and engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of church. His bond was set at $100,000.
   “I have no comment at this time but I will soon,” Shortey told television reporters as he arrived at the Cleveland County jail to surrender.
    Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb issued a statement calling on his fellow Republican to resign so that the people of his district can move forward with a new state senator.
Moore police said that acting on a tip from the teen’s father, officers went to the Super 8 Hotel last week and smelled marijuana coming from a room. They found Shortey and the teen alone inside.
     A search of the teen’s tablet uncovered a series of sexually explicit exchanges in which Shortey referred to the teen as “baby boy” and offered him cash in exchange for “sexual stuff,” according to a police report. Police also found lotion and an open box of condoms inside backpacks in the room.
The age of consent in Oklahoma is 16, but Oklahoma’s prostitution statute applies to any person under 18 years old.
      A conservative Republican from south Oklahoma City, Shortey is married with three young children.
 
The Oklahoma Senate imposed sanctions Wednesday on Shortey, voting 43-0 for a resolution that accuses him of “disorderly behavior.” Among other things, it removes Shortey from membership and leadership of various Senate committees, bars him from occupying his office and reserved parking spot at the Capitol, blocks his expense allowances and authorship of bills, and revokes his right to have an executive assistant.
   Shortey, who was a county coordinator and early supporter of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, wasn’t present when the resolution was adopted and didn’t show up to his Capitol office on Wednesday.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

DC Area Weimanarer Rescue: Available Weimaraners for Adoption as of 3/20/17

DC Area Weimaraner Rescue is located in Northern Virginia, and has quite a number of Weimaraners who are looking for a forever home. Weims are smart and high energy dogs. The rescue vets them, gets them updated on shots, and spays and neuters before adoptions.  
   If you're considering a Weimaraner please check out some of these great dogs here, and the link at the bottom to even MORE Weimaraners.  
  If you just want to help the rescue, they need donations to pay all of the vet bills for the dogs they rescue (because most of them come in needing shots, spay/neuter or other health issues).



Available Weimaraners for Adoption
Adoption Fee(s): Adoption fees pay for the spay/neutering and general medical care for each Weimaraner who comes into our rescue. 
​Senior Weim: $250
Adult Weim:  $400
MORE INFO:   dcweimrescue@gmail.com  
Steel
Adult Weims for Adoption

Steel is a 3 year old neutered male.  He has a tail!  Steel is good with other dogs and big kids.  He knows some commands and is pretty good on a leash.  He is also crate and house trained.  
Steel is shy when he first meets you.  He would do best in a home with a fenced yard and without too many visitors.  Once he gets to know you he is a very sweet boy! 


Charlie

Charlie is a spunky, young 11 year old.  He is good with other dogs and is crate and house trained.  He loves to be outside with you!  He will do "weim like things", such as get into the trash can, but that is what keeps us on our toes!  He needs some work on a leash, but is happy to please.  Charlie is no cats!


Gabby
Gabby is a 6 year old spayed female.  She is good with other dogs, kids and cats.  Gabby is crate and housetrained and is pretty high energy for being overweight.  She is on a diet and exercise plan.  Gabby knows some commands and hasn't met anyone she didn't like!


Ellie
Ellie is a 3 year old spayed female.  She is high energy and is good with other dogs and bigger kids.  Ellie is crate and house trained and is currently working on being a running buddy to get some of that energy under control.  She would do best with no cats.


MetroMax is a nice 3 year old neutered male.  He is house and crate trained and a very
Metro Max!
loving guy.  He is good with other dogs.  MetroMax has Retinal Atrophy and can see large things, movement and some colors.  He has learned his environment quickly and would do best with another dog to follow!
Konrad is an 8 year old male.  He is good with other dogs and kids.  He has not been around cats.  

Spike

Spike is a 6 year old male.  He is house trained and should be good in a crate.  He is good with other dogs.  Spike is on his way here and we will know more about him once he arrives.  He will be neutered before placement.

Nikki is a 7 year old spayed female.  She is a big girl
Nikki
and is good with other dogs and kids.  Nikki is house and crate trained and is a very nice girl.
 



Konrad
Konrad is crate and house trained and has pretty good manners and commands.  He will be neutered before placement. 


There are MORE Weimaraners   that are looking for Forever Homes here: https://www.shopdcweim.com/adopt

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Great Kids book: Max City Dog by Glenn R. Munyan

Recently our friend Ruthie sent us a wonderful book by Glenn R. Munyan. Ruthie met his dad, who gave her a couple of copies and one was for us (because of my books about pets). The book is called "Max City Dog" by Glenn R. Munyan.
   The book is a wonderful story told from the perspective of a dog, an Australian Shepherd, who was red and white instead of black or grey and white. Just because of his appearance he was difficult to get adopted, and he was a clumsy puppy so he endured teasing from other dogs. The story is about how Max overcame all the obstacles life threw his way, and it is wonderfully written. Max tells the story as 10 year old dog, to a young Dachshund at a doggy day care.
  Truly, this is one of the better children's books I've read (I've read a lot). Sadly, the author passed away, and he didn't write any other books. After I finished this book, I immediately went on line looking for a follow up book. I was disappointed that there isn't one.
  So, I highly recommend "Max City Dog" by Glenn R. Munyan. Hopefully it will be republished. In the meantime, there may be a copy or two on Amazon, but the one I have is a keeper. 




Monday, March 20, 2017

A Successful Weimaraner Rescue Event!

Cooper (Left) and Ellie (right)
On Sunday, March 19, we helped with the coordination of an event for the DC Area Weimaraner Rescue
Justin Ledger talks with folks
 at the Gambrills, Maryland Pet Valu store.The manager of the store gave Justin our contact info, as we've done both Dachshund and Weimaraner rescue events at his store before.
   It turned out to be a wonderful event thanks to two Weimararner foster moms and Justin Ledger, a local realtor (who actually raises Boxers) who put it all together for the store. He donated 2 big baskets of toys and treats, a large dog bed, and bag of food for people who entered his free raffle. Justin's facebook  page is: https://www.facebook.com/justinledgerrealtor/.
Cooper, Ellie and their foster moms




   Ellie and Cooper's Foster moms brought them to the event and both came quite a distance (over 1 and 2 hours!), but that's what dog rescue people do!  Ellie's mom from Northern Virginia, and Cooper's mom from the Maryland/Delaware line.   Both stayed for the duration of the event. There was also a Weim member who brought her agility winning dog  to the event and spent time there.

Folks stopped by to meet Ellie and Cooper
   We were able to put up the big banner on one of Justin's tables as people came right in the front door so they saw it first. On that table we put the jar, the rescue info handout  and the list and description of all of the adoptable Weims.

      Two families expressed heavy interest in Ellie, and one woman  came back TWICE with middle aged parents, and their other dog to see if their dog and Ellie meshed well (they did).

  For an event that just came together, I'd say it was pretty successful over the 4 hour period!
For information, adoptable dogs or to make a donation to DC Area Weimaraner Rescue, visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/DCWeimRescue/

Sunday, March 19, 2017

3 Minute Video "Went-Worth" Watching

Wentworth Miller
Here's a 3 minute video of a talk given by actor Wentworth Miller, about his struggles as a gay kid
and his message to everyone.
   You may recognize him from the TV series "Prison Break" or recently he has appeared as "Captain Cold" on the Flash and DC's Legends TV shows. Take the 3 minutes to listen to this edited down version of a talk he gave for the Human Rights Campaign. It will really move you!

Wentworth Miller - Coming out, Finding community, Being a Role Model
"In 2012 I joined a men's group called the ManKind Project, which is a men's group for all men, and was introduced to the still foreign and potentially threatening concepts of us ... and we ... the idea of brotherhood, sisterhood, and community. And it was via that community that I became a member and a proud supporter of the Human Rights Campaign." ~Wentworth Miller
  • Learn more about the community of brotherhood that Wentworth Miller is talking about: http://mankindproject.org
  • The ManKind Project proudly supports our GLBTQ Brothers and Sisters and the work of the Human Rights Campaign. Thanks to http://hrc.org for permission to use the footage.  
VIDEO: https://youtu.be/qW1vUWZaCIU
 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

"Wonder Woman" Upcoming Movie and Her Origin

Wonder Woman's debut in Sensation Comics #1 (1942)
The film Wonder Woman is in theaters June 2, 2017. The world got to see her for a short time in the Batman Vs. Superman film last year. This time, it's all about her and her love interest Colonel Steve Trevor. As a long time Wonder Woman fan, I'm (Rob) excited about this film because they're taking her back to World War 1


WHO CREATED WONDER WOMAN?  -The author of ‘Wonder Woman’ is Dr. William Moulton Marston, internationally famous psychologist. Wonder Woman made her debut in All-Star Comics at the end of 1941 and on the cover of a new comic book, Sensation Comics, at the beginning of 1942, drawn by an artist named Harry G. Peter.

 
Wonder Woman in 2017
WHO IS WONDER WOMAN? Princess Diana of the Greek island of Themiscyra was created out of clay by the Queen of the Amazons, Hippolyta, and granted life and power by of the ancient Greek gods. After defeating her fellow Amazonian contenders in a contest of strength and skill she became their champion and won a contest to see who returned Colonel Steve Trevor back to the U.S. after his plane crashed near the island. 
Lynda Carter as WW from the 1970s TV series
   Diana has magical bracelets and the golden Lasso of Truth. She's as strong as Superman, can fly on air currents, deflect bullets, swords and lasers with her bracelets. She's an Amazon warrior and serves as an ambassador of peace and justice in "Man's World" as Wonder Woman where she has taken on the everyday identity of Diana Prince

 
Follow #WonderWoman on social media, and enjoy the movie trailer for this June's film: 
 Link: https://youtu.be/INLzqh7rZ-U 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Our Friend Nina in "Nightwatch" at Local Theatre

Rob, Tom and Nina (playing Helga the German maid)
On Sunday, March 12 we enjoyed a live performanceof Lucille Fletcher's murder mystery called
"Nightwatch"  in the Bowie Playhouse theater. Our friend Nina, who is a multi-talented actress and singer (and former NASA employee) played "Helga the maid" in this production.
  Nina is one amazing talent. Her facial expressions, body language and the way she puts herself 110% into the characters always make her so much fun to watch, and she was truly entertaining in "Nightwatch" (as she is in everything). All of the actors and actresses were enjoyable and the surprise ending really made the story.
  
The Story of "Nightwatch":
The play takes unexpected twists and turns, 
First presented in February 1972 at the Moresco Theater in New York, "Night Watch" is set in mid-Manhattan's East 30s. There, in an elegant, remodeled brownstone, the well-to-do couple, John and Elaine Wheeler, look out from the enormous window of their sitting room onto an abandoned tenement building across the way. Through the window, Elaine, a wealthy modern-art collector, sees a dead man in the building across the way; later, she sees a dead woman in the same place.
  After crying wolf calls to the police, all to no avail, and a visit from a psychiatrist, Elaine may be on the verge of a breakdown. From this point on, the plot moves quickly. Elaine's friend and house guest Blanche, the inquisitive man who lives next door, the nosy German maid Helga - all contribute to the deepening suspense and mystery of the play as it draws towards its riveting and chilling climax.

Where to see it: The Bowie Playhouse, Bowie, Maryland 
www.facebook.com/bowiecommunitytheatre or www.BCTheatre.com. 
It's showing Fri, Sat, Sun March 17, 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26! 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Idiots in Politics: Tennessee "Don't say gay" lawmaker’s torrid affair with his cousin revealed

Welcome to another blog edition of "Idiots in Politics" - this one is about a Tennessee anti-LGBTQ
lawmaker’s torrid affair with his cousin!

In a Divorce Trial, Serious Allegations About Sen. Joey Hensley
Hohenwald Republican is alleged to have had an affair with his nurse and prescribed her opioids
Mar 8, 2017 2 PM
 
The details sound straight out of a soap opera.
A doctor and his younger nurse fall in love. They continue their torrid affair even after his ex-wife tips off the nurse’s husband, a local politician, to the salacious goings-on. As the divorce moves forward, discovery turns up that the nurse is not just the doctor’s employee and his lover, but his patient, with a predilection for pain pills. And, oh, she’s his second cousin, too.
    But this is not General Hospital, not Grey’s Anatomy. This is the town of Hohenwald (pop. 3,703) in Lewis County, where bitter divorce proceedings have brought to light possibly unethical behavior by Dr. Joey Hensley, a Republican state senator who also happens to be a family physician — and one who has run for office since 2002 on a platform of conservative Christian values.
Hensley, 61, was subpoenaed to appear last week in Williamson County Circuit Court to testify in the divorce proceedings of Hohenwald Vice Mayor Don Barber and his wife Lori. He refused to show up, citing legislative and medical privilege.
   “I didn’t have time to do it,” Hensley said when contacted on Friday afternoon. “I had nothing to do with the court case, and any testimony I would have given wouldn’t have made any difference.”
But according to the sworn testimony of both Barbers, Hensley has been having an affair with Lori since 2014. Lori, 48, is a part-time nurse in Hensley’s medical practice in Lewis County; she is also his second cousin.
   Hensley gained national notoriety in 2012 as a sponsor of the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which would have banned public school teachers from even mentioning that homosexuality exists. During one hearing that year, Hensley commented, “I don’t think Modern Family is appropriate for children to watch” — because it features a married gay couple raising children. This session, Hensley is sponsoring a bill from the Tennessee Family Action Council that would make children created using donor sperm illegitimate — an attempt to make it harder for gay and lesbian parents to establish paternity. He is also a sponsor of the so-called “Milo Bill,” aimed at liberal practices on college campuses.
The subpoena ordered Hensley to bring evidence of any gifts or monies spent by him on Lori Barber or by her on him. Hensley declined to testify under a statute of Tennessee law that exempts “a member of the general assembly while in session” and also “a practicing physician” from subpoena to trial. But he will still be deposed about the affair, and that deposition will then be entered into the court record. The deposition has not been scheduled but is expected to occur in the next week or two.
According to testimony during the trial, Lori Barber started working for Hensley in 2013 part time as a licensed practical nurse in his practice, at a salary of $15 an hour. She still makes that same salary and currently works one day a week in his office. She had previously worked for Hensley from 1987 to 1988, prior to both her marriage and the completion of her nursing degree.
   Barber testified she and Hensley began confiding in each other about problems in their marriages shortly after she took the job, but she said the relationship did not become sexual until December 2014, after the divorce became final between Hensley and his fourth wife, Gina, who is also a nurse. Their first sexual encounter was at Hensley’s practice, and soon, Barber said, the pair were discussing marriage.
    This timeline is disputed by Don Barber. He found out about the affair in the spring of 2015, when Gina Hensley gave him a flash drive with evidence of her ex-husband’s affair, including recordings of phone calls and screenshots of sexually explicit text messages between Gina and Lori discussing Hensley’s sexual proclivities and detailing instances when he and Lori had sex. Court documents claim the files show that the affair began much earlier in 2014; proof of this was not shown in open court. 
    Around the same time that spring, Gina Hensley took out an order of protection from the senator, alleging he hit her with his car, twice. He denied it, and she eventually withdrew the claim. Sen. Hensley told Columbia’s Daily Herald at the time that Gina left him for another man, and he had “tried with all my heart to keep our family together.” He told the Scene something similar this week, saying, “I was devastated by my divorce.”
Lori Barber moved out in August 2015 and filed for divorce later that fall. She testified that she ended her affair with Hensley in April 2016, but that things started up again in June. She said the couple continue to discuss marriage as a future possibility. (It is legal in Tennessee for second cousins of any age to marry.)
   Barber also testified that she spent the nights of Feb. 8 and and Feb. 14 this year with Hensley at a hotel in downtown Nashville while he was in town for legislative duties. Although those nights were presumably paid with a legislative per diem — i.e., state dollars — Legislative Administration director Connie Ridley said whether or not someone else stays with a legislator if he or she is in town on legitimate business “is not pertinent to the payment,” per state law.
Hensley denied that he is still romantically involved with Barber.
   “No, I’m divorced, I don’t know what she’s talking about,” Hensley said when asked if they were still discussing marriage. He also denied that Barber had spent either night in February in his hotel room. When asked if this is what he would testify to under oath during his deposition, Hensley said he had no further comment.
   In a second conversation three days later, Hensley said the affair lasted only “a few months.”
“It’s not still ongoing,” Hensley said Monday night. “That was several months ago, years ago. I didn’t break any laws. I’m not married, I’m divorced. … And nothing happened while I was married. … She didn’t leave because of me, it wasn’t because of me. We’ve been friends for 30 years or more. She’s related to me, but she’s been a friend too.”
   But Lori Barber is not just a friend or a cousin or a lover — she is also Hensley’s patient. Barber testified in court that Hensley is her only doctor other than a cardiologist, and that she relies on him for recurrent Botox injections. She also said he has regularly prescribed her the hydrocodone-acetaminophen pill Lortab — a Schedule II controlled substance — for “chronic back pain,” which she said Hensley first diagnosed after she hurt her neck. 
    Court testimony and documents filed imply that Barber has possibly abused both alcohol and opioids; she testified that she has no problem with either and any uptick in consumption was due to the stress of the divorce. But in her deposition, Barber was asked by her husband’s lawyer, Rose Palermo, “And didn’t your parents come to you and say that this situation with the Lortab had to be reined in, because you were taking too many Lortabs?” Barber replied, “I was taking too many according to them, but I was taking exactly what I was prescribed.” Palermo followed up, “By Dr. Hensley?” Barber answered, “Yes.”
   When asked last week if he often provides his nurses with opioid prescriptions, Hensley said he treats all his patients “the same” and declined further comment. On Monday, when asked if it concerned him that a nurse in his employ had been somewhat frequently taking hydrocodone, Hensley replied, “She’s a patient of mine, and anything I treat a patient with is [protected by] HIPAA.” She’s a patient, but she’s also an employee, the Scene said. “Well, it’s a small town. People don’t have an option for some things,” Hensley said.
   It is a clear violation of the American Medical Association’s code of ethics — to which the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners subscribes — for a doctor to become romantically involved with a patient. It is also in violation of the state board’s guidelines to regularly treat immediate family members or prescribe them drugs. The policy states, in part, “Treatment of immediate family members should be reserved only for minor illnesses or emergency situations. … No schedule II, III or IV controlled substances should be dispensed or prescribed except in emergency situations.” But there are no AMA or state guidelines that specifically prohibit doctors from treating employees.
Yet an examination of recent disciplinary actions by the Board of Medical Examiners suggests Hensley’s actions with Barber could certainly border on the unethical. In the past year, from January 2016 to January 2017 (the latest month for which data was available), the board has taken action against at least 13 doctors for, in part, prescribing controlled substances to an employee, a family member or a patient with whom the doctor was in a romantic relationship. The actions ranged from a reprimand to license revocation or forced retirement, with an additional wide range of fines.
It’s important to note that no action was taken solely based on one instance of prescribing drugs to a family member or employee alone — all of the instances above include multiple and varied violations of state rules and regulations. And Hensley said his treatment of Barber is in no way a violation of the code of ethics, because he regularly treats a lot of family members.
“I’ve been practicing 30 years,” says Hensley. “I have thousands of patients. It’s a small town, and I have a lot of family. A lot of family. Cousins, uncles, aunts. … And I don’t treat anyone any different.”
Lt. Gov. Randy McNally says it is unlikely the state Senate will address the situation unless the Board of Medical Examiners does go forward with an investigation.
“If it were a violation of the Board of Medical Examiners’ ethics, and certainly if it rose to the level of anything more serious, then I think the Senate Ethics Committee could look at it,” McNally says. “But if it’s just a simple disciplinary-type issue that is not serious, then I don’t think the Ethics Committee … they probably wouldn’t take it up.”

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

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