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September 5, 2015

Capitol Hill Gets First Openly Transgender Staffer of 113th Congress

New hire will help advance gay-rights agenda on the Hill. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

New hire pushes gay-rights agenda on the Hill. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Capitol Hill is getting its sole transgender staff member, the Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute announced Thursday.

Connecticut native Ben Panico, who last year interned in the office of Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., through the institute, has been appointed as a fellow for the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus. He will spend a year helping the caucus, founded in 2008, pursue an ambitious gay-rights agenda in a Congress with a record number of openly gay lawmakers. He is the first openly transgender person to hold the position.

“I first started my work at Victory as a Congressional Intern and have now risen through Victory’s programing to a Congressional Fellow,” Panico said in a statement released by the organization, which has brought more than 20 college leaders to the District since launching its internship program in 2011. The fellowship program launched in 2013.

Funded by a grant from the David Bohnett Foundation, Panico will rotate through the offices of the seven House Democrats who serve as co-chairmen for the caucus, supporting Caucus Executive Director Brad Jacklin. He also will participate in educational and leadership development programs to learn more about Congress and policymaking careers.

“This is an opportunity for me to gain professional experience and build a network of connections,” Panico said. “Visibility has been so integral to the LGBT community’s progress over the years and I believe it’s essential to continue that tradition to increase awareness about transgender issues on Capitol Hill.”

The caucus co-chairmen work with a small full-time staff to advance a gay-rights agenda on the federal level.

Before being appointed a congressional fellow, Panico worked on state policy. As an intern at Equality Maryland, he did outreach for marriage equality legislation and a transgender rights bill. The Johns Hopkins University graduate also wrote a report to the Maryland Department of Corrections on best practices for transgender inmates, helped translate Equality Maryland resources to Spanish and organized listening sessions for members of the Latina transgender community in Prince George’s County.

“Ben Panico brings a wealth of experiences to this position, and as Capitol Hill’s only openly transgender staff member, he brings a much needed voice to the table,” Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute, said in a statement. “I am confident Ben will be able to gain immense experience and assist in advancing an equality agenda in Congress.”

From a workplace equality standpoint, Panico’s hiring is further evidence that life has changed drastically for gay staffers over the past decade. In 2004, facing unprecedented tension during debate for the now-defunct Federal Marriage Amendment, four staffers formed the Gay, Lesbian and Allies Senate Staff Caucus. They recently talked to CQ Roll Call about the group’s founding and future.

Correction 2:35 p.m.

A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Panico would be the first openly transgender Capitol Hill staffer. There have been three other openly transgender staffers in Congress, according to Steven Thai, press secretary for the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute.

 

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  1. Anon ymous

    Aug. 14, 2014
    2:45 p.m.

    I thought Janet Reno was the First…..

    • Larry Bishop

      Aug. 14, 2014
      2:58 p.m.

      Nope, J Edger Hoover. Big cross dresser.

      • williampenn

        Aug. 14, 2014
        3:09 p.m.

        The evidence being…?

        • Larry Bishop

          Aug. 14, 2014
          4:19 p.m.

          Your father told me

        • dicksicario

          Aug. 14, 2014
          11:05 p.m.

          Same place you can find the evidence that JFK was bonking MM. Google it.

      • William Hofmeister

        Aug. 14, 2014
        3:41 p.m.

        First of all that urban myth is probably not true. It was started after he was dead, no one would dare say it when he was alive, even the President was afraid of him. It originally came from a very questionable source. It was spread by his enemies, all were too afraid to stand up to him while he was alive. There were also rumors of him being homosexual, but no real evidence was ever provided. Secondly, a transexual is not the same thing as a transvestite.

        • DegenerateArt

          Aug. 14, 2014
          3:48 p.m.

          J Edger Hoover was a power mad freak,he was gay..No normal male has a close male friend like he did. He was a POS.

        • Larry Bishop

          Aug. 14, 2014
          4:20 p.m.

          you strap on a womans duds, you are a tranny of some kind.

          • William Hofmeister

            Aug. 14, 2014
            4:39 p.m.

            It doesn’t work like that.

        • dicksicario

          Aug. 14, 2014
          10:52 p.m.

          That story was alive for years before he died.

      • oldvlc

        Aug. 14, 2014
        3:58 p.m.

        I see you get your “history” from Hollywood. There is not one shred of evidence about this, total fabrication by his enemies. He was the only one fighting the good fight in the FDR admin and for that Hollywood will never forgive him.

        • Larry Bishop

          Aug. 14, 2014
          4:21 p.m.

          Locking people up for selling booze? Good fight? ROFL. he was a government thug.

          • oldvlc

            Aug. 14, 2014
            5:08 p.m.

            I knew I would have to explain. He knew all about the complete communist infiltration of our government starting in 1933 when FDR allowed Moscow to dictate what his every move would be. Instead the press savages everyone who would dare say anything about such infiltration, mocking Rep. Martin Dies and later Sen. Joseph McCarthy. Both were right incidentally. Just look at what Stalin did after WWII…swallowed up half of Europe without a peep from Truman. THAT WAS THE GOOD FIGHT I WAS REFERRING TO, a fight that was obviously lost. Except that we are being turned into a totalitarian state right in front of YOUR effing eyes and you don’t even see it.

        • realistic12

          Aug. 14, 2014
          5:35 p.m.

          He died after living with a man for many years. I don’t think I would call that “straight”, at least not where I’m from and it’s not from Hollywood.

      • . .

        Aug. 14, 2014
        4:59 p.m.

        his attitude can best be described as “I’ll fix *you* later”

        http://odh.trevizo.org/hoover.html

      • el_polacko

        Aug. 14, 2014
        9:23 p.m.

        cross-dressing and transexualism are not the same thing.

      • dicksicario

        Aug. 14, 2014
        10:51 p.m.

        Lots of evidence just google the subject.

  2. Phd

    Aug. 14, 2014
    2:46 p.m.

    Openly transgender? LOL There isn’t a single tranny that wasn’t obvious

    There is no such thing as rights based on your sexual desires. It’s self debasing to make a identity out of your sexual desires , literally reducing yourself to humans lowest common denominator with mere animals.

    • Robert Frano

      Aug. 14, 2014
      3:15 p.m.

      Re: “…There isn’t a single tranny that wasn’t obvious” {Phd}

      In my 22 year (professional & volunteer) urban paramedic career, I have met NUMEROUS transexuals, among others.

      Many, were, in fact ‘obvious’..
      Just as many were absolutely NOT identifiable, (as ‘trans’ – persons), until / unless one got to looking below the outward appearance…
      Such as when treating the injuries caused by homophobic / other prejudiced individuals / small groups, often, but NOT always…
      Out for a little alcohol-powered marauding!

      As a straight (hetero) person, in a multi-decade relationship with a wonderful woman…
      It sickens the / my / our heart(s) to hear all the self-righteous, &/or, superficially pietistic…
      Who speak – write homophobic comments / sermons / editorials…
      Which are sometimes, directly, translated into or used as excuses for…
      Violence!

      • zj sky

        Aug. 14, 2014
        3:19 p.m.

        supporting gay rights is one thing. Supporting people who want to surgically alter their bodies because they “feel” like they are the wrong gender is an entirely different animal. Were I a gay man, I’d question why trans people are included in my struggle

        • JP

          Aug. 14, 2014
          4:11 p.m.

          Michelle Obama is a Man!!
          MUST Watch

          • tcp53

            Aug. 14, 2014
            5:27 p.m.

            Not a very good job of being a drag queen….

          • War_Machine2

            Aug. 14, 2014
            7:42 p.m.

            I think the question should be, is Moochelle Obama a man, woman, or beast? I’m leaning to beast, probably a male beast………

          • dicksicario

            Aug. 14, 2014
            10:45 p.m.

            She is the newest breed of Wookie HeMoo’s

        • paoliana

          Aug. 14, 2014
          7:04 p.m.

          There are MANY gay men are not participating in gay marriage/gay rights agenda and simply keep their sexual preferences to themselves…and that is way it should be..
          Gay movement isn’t acceptance it is in your face gay mafia that is trying and succeeding to change the whole family dynamic and rob little children of their innocence forcing them to face and learn all the alternative perversion BEFORE they learn ABC….

      • Phd

        Aug. 14, 2014
        3:35 p.m.

        If you couldn’t tell , then there is something wrong with YOU ,

        You are straight. No one straight feels like they need to state a qualifier

        I

      • DegenerateArt

        Aug. 14, 2014
        3:45 p.m.

        Go cry to another bleeding heart libtard..Are supposed to respect you because you were a paramedic? Most are creepy perverts.

      • GAS33

        Aug. 14, 2014
        4:13 p.m.

        Rationalize away mo rxon. Everything’s relative, everything’s okie dokie.
        Excuse ANY deviant behavior. democrats / liberals / ‘progressives’
        make me wanna vomit

      • Bridgette Shealy

        Aug. 14, 2014
        4:45 p.m.

        I’m sorry but they are not mentally right. Its mental illness hidden under the ‘gay rights’ umbrella.

      • dltaylor51

        Aug. 14, 2014
        4:52 p.m.

        I can spot one a hundred yards off.

      • Joe Mamma

        Aug. 14, 2014
        5:31 p.m.

        Robert Frano.

        Why did you find it necessary to emphasize that you’re
        hetero and have a girl friend??

        Are you a homophobe and are afraid to be mistaken for gay

      • Jim

        Aug. 14, 2014
        7:19 p.m.

        You write kinda weird. And by the way, because someone thinks it’s actually silly for a man to marry another man, for example, why do hate-filled folks like you say it’s “homophobic”? Then again, maybe it is like a phobia, since the vast, vast majority of males have a visceral reaction to seeing two guys kissing, etc. This is much more biological and/or innate than “phobia” in and of itself.

      • Macpappy

        Aug. 15, 2014
        8:25 a.m.

        injuries caused by homophobic / other prejudiced individuals / small groups,
        So, they were identifiable, at least by those that caused the harm?

    • stonehillady

      Aug. 14, 2014
      4:40 p.m.

      Well, Michelle Obama has fooled you and millions of Americans but it is all the rage in the beltway.

      • paoliana

        Aug. 14, 2014
        6:57 p.m.

        Well, that Tranny is obvious too!

      • boondoggles

        Aug. 14, 2014
        8:49 p.m.

        May the Lord protect the children in this great nation. As one man stated after homosexuality, transgender what is to stop these kind of people from promoting beastiality and a host of other perverse behaviors.. They have hit the bottom rung.

        • Macpappy

          Aug. 15, 2014
          8:22 a.m.

          Little known fact: When the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law was done away with the military also did away with the rule that makes it criminal to have sex with animals. A rule from the old Calvary days, where horses were prevalent. So……..

  3. Anon ymous

    Aug. 14, 2014
    2:46 p.m.

    Hell, Kissinger for that matter

    • lysosome

      Aug. 14, 2014
      3:20 p.m.

      Or the wookie in the White House.

  4. Gas_Passer

    Aug. 14, 2014
    2:46 p.m.

    The talking heads of the liberal news media will pee their pants with joy when they hear this news!

    • Howard M Ccomber

      Aug. 14, 2014
      2:52 p.m.

      They just did. Stripper joint in SF hosting a hiring fair. Not the female kind either.

    • Hannibal

      Aug. 14, 2014
      3:19 p.m.

      The press all pee sitting down.

  5. T S

    Aug. 14, 2014
    2:48 p.m.

    Calling a man a woman just because he cut off his willie is no more accurate than cutting off a dogs legs and calling it a fish.

    It’s a mental illness. Cheering it on is cruel.

    • TulsaSooner1979

      Aug. 14, 2014
      3:18 p.m.

      Bingo!

      • laurie66bay

        Aug. 14, 2014
        5:56 p.m.

        What a shock. The freak will be brought in by a democrat.
        Because how can the United States truly be free if a bearded man in a skirt, garterbelt and hose isn’t allowed to go to the same bathroom as your 5 year old daughter.

        • Steven Reed

          Aug. 14, 2014
          7:19 p.m.

          Democrats: Either they want to kill it or cut it off. Weird.

          • dicksicario

            Aug. 14, 2014
            10:40 p.m.

            Wonder if MOOchelle had hers cut off,
            Time will tell

        • el_polacko

          Aug. 14, 2014
          9:31 p.m.

          a “bearded man in a skirt” is not a transgendered person. educate yourself.

          • laurie66bay

            Aug. 14, 2014
            11:07 p.m.

            If he says he is a woman, then he is. He’s just pre-op. lolol

          • texmaster

            Aug. 14, 2014
            11:48 p.m.

            The man is still pretending he’s a woman regardless of how he dresses. Why do you hate science?

          • bluemanx

            Aug. 15, 2014
            7:28 a.m.

            And nature?

          • Myke Britt

            Oct. 8, 2014
            3:40 p.m.

            That isn’t a “man” it’s a thing that should be in a padded cell!

        • Jim B

          Aug. 15, 2014
          6:06 a.m.

          Democrats gathering is like watching the Star Wars bar scene

          • Iatemine

            Aug. 15, 2014
            10:37 a.m.

            ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!

          • laurie66bay

            Aug. 15, 2014
            2:09 p.m.

            Love how the censors deleted my brilliant comment. Can’t allow certain truth’s to be spoken. It only got about 500 upvotes. lolololol. That must have been the thing that really bugged them. lololol

          • Phd

            Aug. 17, 2014
            6:19 p.m.

            This had 192 likes but was removed

            Removed

            Openly transgender? LOL There isn’t a single tranny that wasn’t obvious

            There is no such thing as rights based on your sexual desires. It’s self debasing to make a identity out of your sexual desires , literally reducing yourself to humans lowest common denominator with mere animals

            Someone telling you to embrace your sexual desires as a personhood is not helping you, they are not uplifting you..
            They are removing what makes you human and above the subjective lives of mere animals.

            The gay “rights” campaigners problem is not their sexual desires, Their problem is that they are stupid and shallow thinkers.

    • tcp53

      Aug. 14, 2014
      5:26 p.m.

      Like making everyone call a Cadillac driving down the street a HAMBURGER doesn’t make the Caddy a hamburger, no matter how much you repeat it…..

    • SWDC

      Aug. 14, 2014
      6 p.m.

      Question: Why does Germany lead the EU in inter sex births whereby doctors can not distinguish the sex of the new born?

      • laurie66bay

        Aug. 14, 2014
        6:04 p.m.

        Are germans nearsighted?

        • SWDC

          Aug. 14, 2014
          6:11 p.m.

          Medical conditions adversely affecting humans should not be mocked.

          Remember when Gov. Sarah Palin’s child was mocked for being born mentally defective.
          Recall the mocking of the Special Olympics on late night TV.

          I do and I did not like it at all.

          • welovetheUSA

            Aug. 14, 2014
            8:46 p.m.

            Shes not working in the White House near secret information is she? They put a nut who wares dresses in the White House…and hes a man! What the heck…

          • el_polacko

            Aug. 14, 2014
            9:37 p.m.

            a transgendered person is not “a nut who wares (sic) a dress”…and what the heck does a person’s gender status have to do with working with classified information ??

          • SWDC

            Aug. 14, 2014
            10:16 p.m.

            Perhaps some are confusing J. Edgar Hoover with transgenders.

          • texmaster

            Aug. 14, 2014
            11:51 p.m.

            Why do you hate science so much? Do you embrace a nut if they think they are a dolphin as well because its got as much scientific backing as transgenders do.

          • Kimbell

            Aug. 15, 2014
            5:01 a.m.

            Gender NO!!! Character and Mental Condition YES!!!!

          • Macpappy

            Aug. 15, 2014
            8:06 a.m.

            It is a simple thing. Homosexuality is a deviate behavior. It deviates from nature. The normal way things are meant to be done. If a person practices a deviate behavior, especially to the point of self mutilation, then that person should be treated, as an unwell person and not put on a pedestal to highlight their disability.

        • SWDC

          Aug. 14, 2014
          6:58 p.m.

          1. “Jun 17, 2014 – Inheritance and Genetics of Intersex conditions including heritability, family history, and inheritance patterns.” (rightdiagnosis)

          2. ‘Overview of Congenital and Inherited Anomalies of the Reproductive System’
          “Cryptorchidism, Prolapse of the prepuce, Penile deviation
          Persistent penile frenulum, Hermaphroditism, Segmental aplasia of the paramesonephric ducts, Double external os of the cervix, Gartner’s ducts, Freemartins, Rectovaginal constriction” (merkmanuals)

          • 96leroy

            Aug. 14, 2014
            7:25 p.m.

            Is it due to estrogens (and whatever else) from BC pills that are peed out into the waste treatment system and ultimately recycled to humans in some form?

          • SWDC

            Aug. 14, 2014
            8:15 p.m.

            ‘Taking the pill for past 40 years ‘has put women off masculine men’ Updated: 10:33 EST, 8 October 2009

            “It ushered in the 1960s sexual revolution and gave women control over their own fertility. But the Pill may also have changed women’s taste in men, according to a study. Scientists say the hormones in the oral contraceptive suppress a woman’s interest in masculine men and make boyish men more attractive. Although the change occurs for just a few days each month, it may have been highly influential since use of the Pill began more than 40 years ago…
            (Classic men: In the Fifties, more masculine men like Burt Lancaster and Kurt Douglas were considered attractive)
            (Tough guys: In the Sixties rebels like Sean Connery and Steve McQueen made women weak at the knees)
            (Big hair: Long locks like John Travolta and Ryan O’Neal’s hit the spot in the Seventies)
            (Softer look: Pin-ups like Rob Lowe and Michael J. Fox were popular in the Eighties)
            (Girly locks: Heart throbs of the Nineties had flowing hair)
            (Tweeny pin-ups: 2009 favourites look cheeky and boyish like Zac Efron)” UK Daily Mail

          • el_polacko

            Aug. 14, 2014
            9:39 p.m.

            history is replete with examples of men adopting fashion styles that would be considered feminine today. it has nothing to do with the pill.

          • SWDC

            Aug. 14, 2014
            10:07 p.m.

            A classic “nature and nurture” argument

            As exampled in Parkinson’s causes genetic or environmental or both? Read more about some in the 70’s taking synthetic herione causing Parkinson’s

            Hormones (chemicals) do have an effect no doubting that. fyi There is more since the post already too long.

          • SWDC

            Aug. 14, 2014
            10:24 p.m.

            Recycled sewer water.

        • Kimbell

          Aug. 15, 2014
          4:59 a.m.

          No!! Their Short and Squat……so they can fit into TANKS….er…. Panzers!!!

      • el_polacko

        Aug. 14, 2014
        9:35 p.m.

        a fairly high percentage of babies are born intersexed (which was formerly called hermaphrodite.)

        • SWDC

          Aug. 14, 2014
          10:08 p.m.

          Why does Germany lead in EU is the question.

        • texmaster

          Aug. 14, 2014
          11:56 p.m.

          Making up facts doesn’t help you. Its less than 2%. Where are you getting this nonsense?

          http://www.chacha.com/question/what-percentage-of-babies-born-in-the-united-states-are-hermaphrodites

          BTW, you are talking about a genetic disability and we have no problem calling those people what they are. Genetically disabled worthy of being labeled as such.

        • GAS33

          Aug. 15, 2014
          8:51 a.m.

          Rest of us use a perfectly good English word, freak. But thank you anyway ‘Dr’ Pollogck.

    • Jim

      Aug. 14, 2014
      7:11 p.m.

      Man, how very true!

    • Steven Reed

      Aug. 14, 2014
      7:18 p.m.

      Bingo, Bango, Bongo, Dingo, Dango, Dongo

    • War_Machine2

      Aug. 14, 2014
      7:36 p.m.

      Amen! I’ve been saying the same for years.

    • boondoggles

      Aug. 14, 2014
      8:45 p.m.

      Our nation has become like Sodom and Gomorrah and don’t think for one moment our Lord will not judge it the same as he did in the old testament.Those who go along with this perversion will be judged as harshly as the ones who are doing it by the Lord. I pray the Lord be with his Christian children during these evil times. It comes from the top, our leader is perverse and as such has opened the door to all vile, sinful behavior. His judgement will come from the Lord in due time.

    • el_polacko

      Aug. 14, 2014
      9:28 p.m.

      before you worry about “cheering it on”, perhaps you should learn something about the subject. transexuals go through years of counseling and hormone therapy before any operation is performed. the operation, by the way, does NOT involve a “willie” being “cut off”.

      • SWDC

        Aug. 14, 2014
        10:09 p.m.

        Even then not all are approved for the op.

      • Dane Ironfoote

        Aug. 14, 2014
        10:33 p.m.

        Saying it was cut off is a nice way to put it. In reality is it even more disgusting, what they do to it.

      • John Pemberton

        Aug. 15, 2014
        12:26 a.m.

        years of counseling being told cutting off your penis is normal.

      • Kimbell

        Aug. 15, 2014
        4:56 a.m.

        If your one?…..then speak up and say so!!!

      • GAS33

        Aug. 15, 2014
        8:45 a.m.

        I see. And you are not being intellectually honest either, Mr. Book-Reader.

      • Chris Kelly

        Aug. 15, 2014
        8:45 a.m.

        Technically you’re right – willie is just cut down the middle and “inserted” to form a fake virginia – bringing new meaning to “go fck yourself”.

        • GAS33

          Aug. 15, 2014
          8:46 a.m.

          Which he probably does, or his boyfriend does.

      • T S

        Aug. 15, 2014
        9:31 a.m.

        I stand corrected: Spending years talking to a dog about how much he wants to be a fish, and then slicing the dog’s legs up, and cramming them up inside his body, does not make the dog a fish.

      • doomsday_survivor

        Aug. 15, 2014
        10:44 a.m.

        actually some of it is cut off, the rest is used to make a fluffy pocket

    • jack

      Aug. 14, 2014
      10:12 p.m.

      T S means transexual

    • icetrout

      Aug. 14, 2014
      10:21 p.m.

      anyone who cut’s off their junk is defiantly mentally disturbed… democRAT’s are ruining our country @ breakneck speed… hope their satisfied with the outcome… I’ll be out @ the range again tomorrow,wondering if the democrat’s are sharpening their shooting skill …

    • SoundMind

      Aug. 15, 2014
      12:04 a.m.

      LOL x 50…!! Spit out my coffee when I read your comment, laughed so hard. Number One comment of the day! Thanks so much…
      Sign me, Soaked keyboard

      • T S

        Aug. 15, 2014
        9:27 a.m.

        Sincere apologies to your keyboard! Thanks.

    • Derp_Meowslurp

      Aug. 15, 2014
      2:23 a.m.

      agree. What part of this is a news story anyway? You don’t think there is some sort of LGBTBBQ agenda? constantly shoving into our faces. LIke anyone really cares. The only people that constantly report on this stuff are insecure weirdos that want to prove they aren’t bigoted, but i suspect that the most bigoted people are the ones that always bring stuff like this up, as if they’re trying to create a special class of citizen, like putting a bear in a cage to show at a zoo. Sorry but i don’t believe people should be made a spectacle anymore than they make themselves.

      • michael curry

        Aug. 15, 2014
        6:52 a.m.

        It’s a post on an insignificant blog. The reason it’s “news” is because Matt Drudge linked to it to get all the Crazy old bigoted white people riled up about how our country is going down the crapper. I don’t think pumping yourself full of hormones is a good idea whether they are male or female hormones but i also don’t think that it disqualifies anyone for a job, nor does it point to any type of moral decay.
        Morality is supposed to be “treat others as you would like to be treated”, unfortunately the “moral right” thinks it is “treat others like vermin unless they play exactly by your own arbitrary rules”

        • Macpappy

          Aug. 15, 2014
          8:17 a.m.

          the Crazy old bigoted white people
          Who is the bigot here? Oh, and for your information, morality is not “Treat others like you want to be treated” that is the “Golden Rule”. Morality is the rules of which you live by. Some live by loose morals, others live by a more meaningful moral standard, based on faith, and life experiences.

          • michael curry

            Aug. 15, 2014
            8:23 a.m.

            I wasn’t being bigoted.Bigotry is when you paint a large group of people with a broad brush based one a singular trait. I was very specific in saying “crazy bigoted old white people” and it sounds liked i hit a nerve. And what faith or life experiences led you to believe that being transgendered hurts those around you? do you have a bible quote? Do you have an anecdote of how opne guy cut their peepee off and his entire town went to hell? Teach me something grandpa.

          • GAS33

            Aug. 15, 2014
            9 a.m.

            Those knee grow boys and girls are sure well-behaved in Ferguson, MO. Too ‘broad brushed’ for your Rastus?

          • michael curry

            Aug. 15, 2014
            9:06 a.m.

            No that’s exactly the type of racist rhetoric i was goading you into. Thank you for proving my point. In contrast keep in mind that the founding fathers shot people because taxes were to high while the kids in ferguson broke a few windows because their friend was murdered. It kind of puts things in perspective.

          • GAS33

            Aug. 15, 2014
            9:11 a.m.

            Anything you say, Tyrone. You like saurkraut with your wieners?

          • Guest

            Aug. 17, 2014
            9:08 p.m.

            Oh, 18yr old 6’4″ child also liked color red (left at memorial). Noamean?:

          • WTF !!!

            Aug. 15, 2014
            9:20 a.m.

            And no one stole any work boots,,,,,,,,,lazy muthafukas

          • doomsday_survivor

            Aug. 15, 2014
            10:41 a.m.

            “kids in ferguson broke a few windows because their friend was murdered” they did more than that.Did you also see how some were laughing and smiling as they were stealing stuff, apparently that’s how they grieve.

          • Conan the Republican

            Aug. 15, 2014
            12:25 p.m.

            Apparently, NOT murdered, it’s turning out. Cop was black, and sustained facial injuries. Your little ANGEL Big Mikey, just got done robbing a damn liquor store prior to his well-deserved airing-out.

          • Carroll Barber

            Aug. 20, 2014
            12:23 p.m.

            Really? Seriously!?! :)

          • Conan the Republican

            Aug. 15, 2014
            12:23 p.m.

            Screw a bible quote. It’s NATURE, Mr. Freud. NATURE ITSELF screams at humanity: “YOU ARE VIOLATING NATURAL LAW!” And don’t give me this crap about “all the homosexuality in nature”. CRAP! It’s the aberration, not the norm. Plus and minus attract, Plus and plus repel. Got it? Class dismissed…

          • Macpappy

            Aug. 26, 2014
            5:50 p.m.

            I think you have your words mixed up. a bigot is a person who strongly and unfairly dislikes other people, ideas, etc. : a bigoted person; especially : a person who hates or refuses to accept the members of a particular group (such as a racial or religious group. You know, like Old White People. Oh, and you got me on that one, I am an old white person. For your last question, transgendered people as you call them are suffering from a mental disorder that has them totally confused and self-destructive. They have a high suicide rate, and any mentally ill person can be a threat to those around them. Their deviant behavior is a cause for alarm around our children and other innocents.

        • GAS33

          Aug. 15, 2014
          8:57 a.m.

          Oh so enlightened and tolerant, dimmercrats and ‘progressives’ except of people who disagree with them, and then they bring out the long knives, file lawsuits, press boycotts, etc, etc, etc. So ‘enlightened’. LMFAO

        • Eli Odell Jackson

          Aug. 16, 2014
          noon

          If you were doing wrong wouldn’t you want somebody to help you out?
          To correct you? To rebuke you lest you fall under the condemnation of sin?
          I know I would.

          And I don’t believe the fact that the average ‘transgendered’ lives to the age of 28 is a very good thing neither, to die at such a young age after a life of drug-addled prostitution and sin… I believe I’d move heaven and earth if my kin came under such a diseased state of mind.

          And you think it’s not moral decay? Are you thinking at all? Are you kidding me?

          I guess our puritan forefathers just lived in debauchery and sin constantly, oh brother they had their trannies and their witches and whatnot.
          Michael Curry: “Nothing to see here”

        • Myke Britt

          Oct. 8, 2014
          3:42 p.m.

          We take good care of our pet animals, so just lock up the PERVERTS and feed them well.

  6. tickle

    Aug. 14, 2014
    2:49 p.m.

    Oh Goodie! Now we can sleep at night.

  7. Informed Voter

    Aug. 14, 2014
    2:50 p.m.

    So what historical effect is this queer going to have in our nation’s history, other than one of debauchery!!

  8. Patriot1212

    Aug. 14, 2014
    2:50 p.m.

    So taxpayers are paying him (she or it) to promote gay and transgender agenda in Congress.
    Excuse me, less than 2% of America is gay. Why do we need to spend tax dollars this way?

    • Frank Dilliard

      Aug. 14, 2014
      3:51 p.m.

      Let’s vote on it……oh yea. As citizens we really don’t get to have a say in this. Once our Congressmen get elected, they pretty much do whatever they want. The short term memories of their constituents ensures that they get reelected.

  9. Howzah123

    Aug. 14, 2014
    2:50 p.m.

    DNA = Reality

    God wrote the code. These perverted sexual desires are a virus

    • Devin Kedward

      Aug. 14, 2014
      5:34 p.m.

      It’s hilarious that you believe in god, and yet make claims about reality.

    • Steven Reed

      Aug. 14, 2014
      7:20 p.m.

      You’ve hit it.

  10. Dave Turner

    Aug. 14, 2014
    2:51 p.m.

    If they were qualified for the job, then great. Otherwise, who really cares?

    • Rationalista2

      Aug. 14, 2014
      2:53 p.m.

      The morally Left will use your silence to interpret support and then will
      attempt to squeeze a mile out of the inch you just gave them.

      That translates into bullying and threats into accepting their lifestyle until all opposition is destroyed.

      Wise up and get off the fence…

      • Dave Turner

        Aug. 14, 2014
        5:46 p.m.

        Sorry, honestly I just don’t care. If a person is qualified for a job then unless there’s a uniform or dress code that prevents them from getting it, let them succeed or fail on their own merits.

        I realize this is just another publicity stunt by the left just like the Michael Sam drafting in to the NFL was. But at some point the public isn’t going to care about these “firsts” anymore.

        And the morally left can go screw as far as I’m concerned.

    • Phd

      Aug. 14, 2014
      2:57 p.m.

      They are mentally ill.

  11. Patriot1212

    Aug. 14, 2014
    2:52 p.m.

    That adams apple will be a dead give away.

    • Larry Bishop

      Aug. 14, 2014
      2:57 p.m.

      that and the junk she sports the day she wears yoga pants to work. Yuck!

    • KenTFM

      Aug. 14, 2014
      3:07 p.m.

      Leave Ann Coulter alone.

      • FL_Stingray

        Aug. 14, 2014
        3:15 p.m.

        I thought he meant Bruce Jenner

        • KenTFM

          Aug. 14, 2014
          4:01 p.m.

          Could be the same…you’ve never seen them together have you? :p

      • dicksicario

        Aug. 14, 2014
        11:11 p.m.

        Can’t you just imagin being in bed with Coulter, she would be giving constant directions.

  12. TED from Boston

    Aug. 14, 2014
    2:52 p.m.

    This is so exciting, perhaps a panel of pundits should discuss it ad nauseum on that maddow show, this is right in his wheelhouse.

  13. Rationalista2

    Aug. 14, 2014
    2:52 p.m.

    Here’s what the gay rights agenda is really about…

    Demanding tolerance gave way to demanding recognition which gave way to demanding equality which is now giving way to demanding superiority.

    So much for the Stonewall excuse that all they wanted was to be “left alone”…

    Gay fascists won’t be satisfied until they’ve silenced every opposition – especially true born again Bible believing Christians…

    Examine evidence where Christianity is being intimidated through bullying, threats, intimidation, laws or lawsuits – Christian business owners who are approached by gay couples trying to force them into compromising their beliefs and then suing them when they won’t…gays picketing churches who’s ministers preach that homosexuality is a sin – does that sound like “tolerance” ? How about the “tolerance” that was shown to Chi-fil-A or Duck Dynasty ?

    It’s happening more and more – so it’s not just about “equal rights” anymore –

    it’s about eradicating any ideology that disagrees with homosexuality.

    1 Corinthians 6:9-10: “Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.”

    • L!b@r+y

      Aug. 14, 2014
      3:21 p.m.

      You are correct, and I recognized the nature of their agenda long ago. They want permanent victim status and special priveleges, which they are getting now thanks to the left wing.

      It will only get worse.

      • chris

        Aug. 14, 2014
        5:22 p.m.

        Because being treated unequal and being subject to hate crimes isn’t being a victim, right? I’m sure any person would like to never have to be a victim. But you’re right that it will only get worse if you mean that equality will continue to happen. Sorry you have to continue to have your prejudice questioned by those in society that are for fair treatment of others.

        • GAS33

          Aug. 14, 2014
          5:25 p.m.

          Go sug a wiener perv, or just bend over, Are you the pitcher or the catcher?

          • chris

            Aug. 14, 2014
            5:37 p.m.

            So because I can be tolerant of something it must mean I am that something? If you must know, I’m not gay. But I’m sure that means nothing to you. Equality doesn’t have to affect your lifestyle, ya know? You can still have all the hetero sex you want. Unless you’re just pissed that it means it’s not exactly as cool to go around throwing insults to the type of people you hate.

          • GAS33

            Aug. 14, 2014
            5:43 p.m.

            Buckwheat says, “Dim-uh-crats, fagzzz, nizggz, and illegals beez OH TAY!”

          • chris

            Aug. 14, 2014
            5:47 p.m.

            Ok, gotcha. I think you were born in the wrong century. Too bad it’s not the good ole america of the past when you could just lynch those you disagree with, right?

          • GAS33

            Aug. 14, 2014
            5:50 p.m.

            You get the last word, Rastus, “Yassuh, Mr. Benny!”

        • L!b@r+y

          Aug. 14, 2014
          9:14 p.m.

          No one here is condoning or advocating for persecution or criminal acts; that is a straw man argument. I don’t care what your sexual proclivities are, but you shouldn’t expect that everyone wants to know about it and praise you for it. You have a right to your sexual fetishes and I have a right to find them repulsive. Those who are religious also have a right to not support behavior that violates their beliefs.

  14. It's over

    Aug. 14, 2014
    2:53 p.m.

    According to Darwin’s, survival of the fittest, anything that can’t breed is genetically inferior, kind of like the government…

  15. Larry Bishop

    Aug. 14, 2014
    2:56 p.m.

    cut your junk off and get a job for life. Protected class of citizen now. Anyone remember America?

    • Chaunte

      Aug. 14, 2014
      2:58 p.m.

      I remember pre-Obama America.

      • phillies210

        Aug. 14, 2014
        2:59 p.m.

        It’s a shame that todays youth will never know that America!

      • williampenn

        Aug. 14, 2014
        3:09 p.m.

        Pre-communist America.

      • John J Coltrain

        Aug. 14, 2014
        3:09 p.m.

        I remember pre-clinton america, it’s steadily gone downhill since…..

        • Frank Dilliard

          Aug. 14, 2014
          3:55 p.m.

          Sadly virtually no one remembers America before the Progressives started ruining it. It started with Teddy Roosevelt and then things went horribly wrong under Woodrow Wilson. We’ve been heading for disaster ever since.

      • donniea

        Aug. 14, 2014
        3:20 p.m.

        America is in rapid freefall. Everything in America is going to the lowest common denominator.

      • a fan

        Aug. 14, 2014
        3:30 p.m.

        Chaunte, maybe you can regale us with stories of that time! They seem so long ago.

  16. Chaunte

    Aug. 14, 2014
    2:56 p.m.

    More affirmative action.

    • Frank Dilliard

      Aug. 14, 2014
      3:58 p.m.

      And the quota system that goes with it.

  17. Chaunte

    Aug. 14, 2014
    2:57 p.m.

    Now we hire people based on sexual preference. What happened to ability?

    • James

      Aug. 14, 2014
      3:01 p.m.

      Talk about “ability”…

    • Prelusive007

      Aug. 14, 2014
      3:40 p.m.

      I have a dream . . .

    • William Hofmeister

      Aug. 14, 2014
      3:44 p.m.

      If we cared about ability, would we have elected Obama? Silly girl.

  18. phillies210

    Aug. 14, 2014
    2:57 p.m.

    H O M O!

  19. Silver

    Aug. 14, 2014
    2:58 p.m.

    Nasty

  20. scarlet pimpernel

    Aug. 14, 2014
    2:58 p.m.

    Was it Obama or Mrs. Obama; they do look alike.

  21. Obamaroid_Ointment

    Aug. 14, 2014
    2:58 p.m.

    MI-05 voters must be very proud of themselves.

  22. James

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3 p.m.

    Gosh…that is just so great…really…really?

  23. Just Saying

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:01 p.m.

    How special. Congress is so hip. Wish they would do their jobs though.

    • zj sky

      Aug. 14, 2014
      3:21 p.m.

      I kind of like it better when they do nothing. less damage to you and I!

      • Just Saying

        Aug. 14, 2014
        4:56 p.m.

        True, that. I was thinking along the lines of keeping the executive branch in check. New law? Hell no, unless it results in less government intrusion.

      • Just Saying

        Aug. 17, 2014
        9:05 p.m.

        True that. Constitutional job I meant.

  24. Rick Smith

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:01 p.m.

    I have an idea — how about “rights for everyone.”

  25. phillies210

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:04 p.m.

    I an dreaming about the day that our congress is 100% gay, transgendered, and full of illegal aliens!

  26. Speakyourmind

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:04 p.m.

    The new Persian empire

  27. FL_Stingray

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:05 p.m.

    I could care less what it is so long as it goes about its job just as anyone else.
    However, I do have a problem with it if it becomes some kind of taxpayer funded beacon or lobbgyist for a cause.

  28. Brad

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:06 p.m.

    THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A “TRANSGENDER.” There are two and ONLY two sexes, and except for the vanishingly small fraction of the population who are born with legitimate genetic sexual abnormalities, a person is exactly the sex his or her genitalia would indicate, and that his or her XY or XX chromosomes confirm. This remains true no matter what clothing choices, hormone therapy, or surgical alteration he or she might undertake to deny that reality.

    A man who thinks he is a “woman in a man’s body” is mentally ill. He (or a woman in the opposite situation) is suffering a serious delusion, as assuredly as the 80-pound anorexic who thinks she is still too fat despite all the evidence to the contrary. It is as unethical to humor these delusions (or for a physician to take part in mutilating people, to help them disguise themselves as the opposite sex) as it would be to encourage the anorexic to diet, or for a doctor to perform liposuction on her.

    As mentally ill people, so-called “transgenders” deserve not hostility, but compassion (at least for their condition, though not necessarily any effort to characterize it as “normal.”) However, that does not mean we should accommodate their fantasies; a big part of that compassion should take the unwelcome form of our refusing to honor such a person’s “choice.” Our disdain should be reserved more for the politically-correct liberal idiots (like these gutless college administrators) who indulge and reinforce their delusions by trying to legitimize their unfortunate self-deceptions.

    • Frank Dilliard

      Aug. 14, 2014
      3:53 p.m.

      Very well said Brad.

    • el_polacko

      Aug. 14, 2014
      9:22 p.m.

      like so many others who are posting here, you are simply uninformed. if you are so interested in the subject of transexualism, you ought to learn something about it before spouting off.

  29. williampenn

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:08 p.m.

    People are no longer celebrated for their achievements. They are celebrated for how they like their sex. Ironically, our gay president remains in the closet.

    • James Brown

      Aug. 14, 2014
      3:17 p.m.

      And his transsexual “wife”

    • dicksicario

      Aug. 14, 2014
      10:58 p.m.

      He has to the MUSLIM’s cut off another part of a Homos body.

  30. Zootopia3000

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:10 p.m.

    Yay! Handjòbs all around.

  31. lysosome

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:10 p.m.

    Wow, now all of the world’s problems are solved, cancer is cured, poverty is gone and hunger is abated. And why is the public required to know this?

    • GOPnLIBhater

      Aug. 14, 2014
      3:16 p.m.

      The global temperature just came down 2 degrees. Insanely chilly this morning in Northern Virginia, actually.

  32. MicheleLloyd

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:10 p.m.

    Thieves, liars, murderers, prostitutes, pedophiles, homosexuals, lesbians, and now transsexuals. Yup the Congressional Circus tent is now full.

    • dicksicario

      Aug. 14, 2014
      11 p.m.

      Add those with DWI’s and mistresses any you have the entire house and senate covered.

  33. TahoeGuy

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:12 p.m.

    He/She/It will fit right in with the other dirtbags on the hill.

  34. R-WOOD

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:12 p.m.

    LOL Openly

  35. zj sky

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:14 p.m.

    I wish it luck

  36. lysosome

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:14 p.m.

    Next announcement will be the building of a new Congressional tranny restroom paid for by the American Taxpayer.

  37. James Brown

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:16 p.m.

    Not the first in Washington however, Mike Obama would get that nod.

  38. johnny99

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:18 p.m.

    Surprise — it’s a Democrat!

  39. mlb77

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:19 p.m.

    Read the Obama Antichrist prophecies, they are very sobering…
    revelation12dotca

  40. kzintius

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:19 p.m.

    Seriously though…who cares?

  41. smap

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:20 p.m.

    Lol you people all assume that the staffer is a man becoming a woman. It’s really a woman becoming a man. Is that going to gross all of you out as much? Probably. Here’s a question to ask yourself. “Why do I care?” A lot of you clearly care very much!

    Do you know what gays want? They want to be left alone and get the same courtesy afforded to straight people. That’s it.

    I can never fathom why people are all stuck on what other people do. It’s like you’re obsessed with how strangers that you’ll never meet live their lives. Just shrug and move on. Do something else with that energy. Get a hobby or something.

    • lysosome

      Aug. 14, 2014
      3:22 p.m.

      If gays want to be left alone, the best course of action is to keep their sexuality to themselves.

    • Earl of Taint

      Aug. 14, 2014
      3:24 p.m.

      I am happy to live and let live. Maybe if people kept their private lives private and stopped trying to indoctrinate my kids to embrace their particular fetishes, we could all do that.

    • Playtrombone64

      Aug. 14, 2014
      3:28 p.m.

      “It’s really a woman becoming a man.”

      Sewing up a natural, perfectly good vagina and attaching a constructed penis does not make a woman into a man. Removing ovaries to prevent production of estrogen and taking testosterone shots does not turn a woman into a man. A woman is born with two X chromosomes while a man is born with one X and one Y chromosome. This fact remains, regardless of the medical and surgical procedures.

    • Prelusive007

      Aug. 14, 2014
      3:40 p.m.

      You really are stupid, aren’t you?!

      • mr.Truth

        Aug. 14, 2014
        3:43 p.m.

        NO – nobody is as stupid as that guy :)

        • Prelusive007

          Aug. 14, 2014
          3:45 p.m.

          Well there’s something wrong there.

    • johnny99

      Aug. 14, 2014
      4:14 p.m.

      How do you know he’s gay? Maybe he switched because he likes women and wants to have normal heterosexual relationship?

  42. MNHawk

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:20 p.m.

    Is that something one puts on their resume, kind of like that rapper?

    Qualifications:

    I cut my richard off.

  43. right here

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:21 p.m.

    This is so cool. I wish I was gay.

  44. R-WOOD

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:21 p.m.

    How about he gives his balls to Obama ?

    • James Brown

      Aug. 14, 2014
      3:25 p.m.

      Obama would probably like them in his mouth.

    • dicksicario

      Aug. 14, 2014
      11:17 p.m.

      MOOchelle already does that.

  45. Karen Woods

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:23 p.m.

    I guess this is suppose to be a proud day for America……….good grief

  46. Gilchrist

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:24 p.m.

    That’s what the circus in congress needed, a transexual just to make it a little more disturbing.

  47. donniea

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:25 p.m.

    This country is toast. Once all of these illegal immigrants are granted amnesty to become democrat voters, the liberals will have a total lock on the federal government. Then everything will be all liberal all the time. It will be full speed unstoppable liberal agenda.

  48. allah_loves_theodor_herzl

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:26 p.m.

    Rome circa 2014

  49. Beth St George

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:26 p.m.

    Congrats… Another step toward equality…

  50. Moliminous

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:27 p.m.

    A self-identified, self-named politician is as empty as a self-identified trans-gender. They have the worst of both worlds, no stones, no soul, no life. Why do we keep celebrating death as if it were life?

  51. Earl of Taint

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:27 p.m.

    They can sew male members to their elbows and have a slap fight, for all I care. Just keep it to yourselves. Your sexual preferences don’t make you special.

  52. coolfoolagain

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:27 p.m.

    Well, good for them…
    BFD

  53. a fan

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:28 p.m.

    Since ‘s not the first, never mind” on the entire article?

  54. mlb77

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:29 p.m.

    The prophet Daniel said the antichrist would…
    a . not desire women
    b….be the leader of a very powerful and diverse nation that broke in pieces many other nations…..
    c… be ‘diverse from the first’ of all the other kings..first black?
    d… he would subdue 3 kings… Bush, Bush, and Clinton….it’s coming…
    e… he would be the 11th King to come out of the very powerful nation, he is the 11th since the WW2 victory……

    Read several current Obama Antichrist prophecies at revelation12dotca

  55. Fred Williams

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:30 p.m.

    I don’t remember seeing “a white christian heterosexual male was hired as a staffer” on this blog anytime before! Who cares, just be people.

  56. Mr. Conservative

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:31 p.m.

    This is something to be proud of and celebrated?

    More like something to be pitied…

    • Nothing in Particular

      Aug. 14, 2014
      3:39 p.m.

      Celebrate Perversity!

      • Mr. Conservative

        Aug. 14, 2014
        4:12 p.m.

        No disagreement from me.

  57. Ibulena

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:32 p.m.

    Keep asking ….what the hell is a transgender? A cross dresser? Gay or lesbian? What???

    • Prelusive007

      Aug. 14, 2014
      3:37 p.m.

      A transgender is a lesbian who wants to use the Men’s Room.

      • Ibulena

        Aug. 14, 2014
        3:56 p.m.

        And/or a man who wants to use the Ladies Room.

  58. Prelusive007

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:34 p.m.

    The first “openly transgendered pervert” . . .the operative word there is obviously “openly”.

  59. Shane Von Russell

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:36 p.m.

    No rest until all of Congress is Transgendered!!!

  60. Prelusive007

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:36 p.m.

    I have a dream. I dream of a day when ALL left wingers are homosexual. I dream of a day when NO birth control is needed because there is no way for ANY of them to procreate. I DREAM of a day when they, by virtue of their own lack of virtue, become extinct.

    (someone please engrave that on a statue somewhere)

    Thank ya. Thank ya very much.

  61. Reg Dunlop

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:37 p.m.

    Chicks with dix ?

    • Prelusive007

      Aug. 14, 2014
      3:44 p.m.

      Maybe that’s the secret behind the left wing nut job band “Dixie Chics”.

    • Stelex

      Aug. 14, 2014
      3:44 p.m.

      That is, without a shadow of doubt, the most disturbing pictures I’ve seen in a while. And I’ve seen shith

  62. Prelusive007

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:39 p.m.

    O M G . . . . . what would Robin Williams say? Pour me another shot. . . . I need a belt.

  63. Rich71

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:40 p.m.

    Trannies are like vegan bacon. They like saying you cant tell the difference and its almost the same but the truth is no one really likes it and everyone finds it gross whether they admit it or not.

  64. mr.Truth

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:40 p.m.

    It’s absolutely IMPOSSIBLE to stiffle your normal human reaction to atrocities like this …unless you are a commited leftist :) .

    I have one of these guys … in my “environment” …he is Old , he is Fat , he has big hairy calves and a big bulging belly on him/it …he has long hair and he wears really , really ugly dresses with plunging V necklines that tantalizingly expose his growing , hormone injected boobies. The very best word I can honestly think of is …”abomination”.

    I try not to be unkind… but he makes me nauseous just to look at him…even for a little bit :)

    • Prelusive007

      Aug. 14, 2014
      3:43 p.m.

      …..and a left winger wrote a song about ‘him’ years ago;

      “Color Him Father”

    • johnny99

      Aug. 14, 2014
      4:07 p.m.

      Tootsie!

  65. DegenerateArt

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:42 p.m.

    Our enemies laugh at us as they destroy us.

  66. ProAm1

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:42 p.m.

    What a great world we live in today. If this person were normal, no one would ever know it happened!

  67. XPatinPH

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:42 p.m.

    nothing wrong with tgirls and ladyboys

  68. gracepmc

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:43 p.m.

    At this point, unless the comment is yea, it will be mistaken as hate and Eric Holder or the IRS will appear at your doorstep. Congratulations to Mr. Panico and any person of merit who is hired. Especially in this economy. But we need get down to the business of making this country work again and stop taking time outs to applaud and celebrate a person’s sexuality, color, religion, etc. Let’s get back to content of character.

    The correction that Mr. Panico is not indeed the FIRST transgender speaks to the knee jerk superficiality of this piece but takes nothing away from his success at finding employment. Hopefully he will use his voice wisely.

    • Stelex

      Aug. 14, 2014
      3:48 p.m.

      But you’ll never know if its a person of merit because they touted its sexuality.

      • gracepmc

        Aug. 14, 2014
        5:52 p.m.

        That is true and really unfortunate. It does not serve the applicant and it does not serve the employer.

  69. Mariajuana

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:44 p.m.

    Why is this news?

    • ProAm1

      Aug. 14, 2014
      3:48 p.m.

      Because this is what’s important to the deadbeat media today!

      • Mariajuana

        Aug. 14, 2014
        4:06 p.m.

        Sad state of affairs then…

    • Prelusive007

      Aug. 14, 2014
      3:53 p.m.

      Maria, the reason it is news is because there are still plenty of Americans who remember the day when we, as a country, at least tried to honor God and show some thankfulness for the blessings He bestowed on our nation.

      It’s news because so many of us are realizing those days are gone. Oh, there are plenty of us who are still reverent to God and are thankful for our blessings but we are seeing more and more influence in America from those who could not care less about God and those blessings.

      We have now become inundated with a crowd of “Americans” who simply do not give a damn about anything except their own selfish needs. They don’t care about the BIG picture. They don’t care about the affect they are having on a great nation. They are users and abusers and perverts and deviants who are all about taking advantage of the “American way” which is freedom, liberty, and etc. to the point that they believe they are free to thumb their nose at God Himself as they mock Him for the good He bestowed on this nation just a few hundred years ago.

      That’s why it’s still NEWS, Maria. The same reason that YOU believe it’s “cute” to put “juana” at the end of your name . . . to celebrate the thing that is so meaningful to you “marijuana” because it is your own selfish crutch. Sure, most of us have smoked it. But MOST of us realize too that we don’t want the country to go to “pot” per se just because we used to get a buzz now and then. I think you know where I’m going with this.

      If you don’t . . . . well . . . as Hillary said, “What difference does it make?” now?

  70. Stelex

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:45 p.m.

    Can’t be any worse than Pelosi

    • XPatinPH

      Aug. 14, 2014
      3:59 p.m.

      better looking

  71. Prelusive007

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:46 p.m.

    America; the land of perverts and nuts. And to think, this is as good as it gets. Damn.

  72. XPatinPH

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:48 p.m.

    Go Guyrl!!!

  73. whatitism

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:49 p.m.

    Glad to see capital hill doing it’s political correctness job , the only other job they are doing is to them selves ,,,, “HAND ” .

  74. Travln Texan

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:50 p.m.

    Well there you have it…all the problems of the world have been solved. No more wars…a chicken in every pot…domestic peace and love. We can all rest easy now that the important stuff has been handled.

  75. Harry McMerkin

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:50 p.m.

    Trannys– the beauty of a woman and the mental stability of a man. I’m calling this one a ‘win.’

    Wonder if they will pay shim like a man or like a woman?

    • XPatinPH

      Aug. 14, 2014
      3:52 p.m.

      agreed

    • WBC

      Aug. 14, 2014
      3:53 p.m.

      Read the article – congress has hired the beauty of a guy and the mental instability of a chick. The institution is screwed.

    • Troy Stevens

      Aug. 14, 2014
      5:02 p.m.

      How about they pay the person like a person that is capable of doing the job. Trannies are car parts not people. Use of proper pro-nouns will work, or just person.

      • Harry McMerkin

        Aug. 20, 2014
        1:22 p.m.

        tranny2
        [tran-ee] Spell Syllables
        noun, plural trannies. Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.
        1.
        a term used to refer to a transvestite, transsexual, ortransgender.
        Expand
        Also, trannie.

        • Harry McMerkin

          Aug. 20, 2014
          1:23 p.m.

          Boobies and a kickstand, ain’t that Grand?

  76. WBC

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:50 p.m.

    In a sane world, a woman who thought she was a man would be considered batsh*t crazy and treated accordingly – no differently than we would treat a man who thought he was a chicken or a bowling ball. Now we are supposed to humor the poor wretch, call her “him” and “he” and let s/him choose what bathroom to use. When we are forced to pander to nutcases in the name of “equality” we have rejected freedom, not embraced it. Western Civilization is done – stick a fork in it.

  77. mlb77

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:52 p.m.

    Obama’s open border agenda was revealed in 2011…. prophecies(dot)org

    But, through My servant, Linda Newkirk, I have often told you the plans of the enemy; and I tell you again, that you might prepare. The streets of the cities will run with blood because of race wars. The countryside will run with blood because of race wars; and you are only seeing the beginning of all that is at hand. For, their plan is also to import many violent Mexicans and to bring the Mexican drug wars over the border, to ignite race wars of one kind, or another, all over this nation.

    Hear Me, oh you people of America. Hear Me; for a fire has been kindled. This fire is the destruction of the U.S.A.; and this fire will not be stopped until you are brought down, oh you harlot nation of America.

    But, still I plead with you, oh My people. Repent, or perish!

    I am your Father Yahweh, yea Jehovah, Most High God.

    As witnessed, dictated and recorded this 6th day of August, 2011,

    Linda Newkirk

  78. tommy

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:52 p.m.

    So Ben was born Beth or something like that? Do I have that right?

    • XPatinPH

      Aug. 14, 2014
      3:56 p.m.

      Ben was born Ben he just lives as a “chick”

    • johnny99

      Aug. 14, 2014
      3:59 p.m.

      No, Barry.

  79. another_engineer

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:52 p.m.

    Trannies have what is known as “Apotemnophilia”.. they’re nuttier than a Pearson’s salted nut roll.

    • john_robinson

      Aug. 14, 2014
      3:59 p.m.

      nah…that’s only leftist trannies. It’s the leftism that brings the nuts.

  80. bleufishcat

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:55 p.m.

    What rights don’t they have?

    • Troy Stevens

      Aug. 14, 2014
      4:53 p.m.

      The very same ones that you don’t have.

  81. johnny99

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:58 p.m.

    Why stop at transgender? Why not hire someone who is even more bizarre, like trans-species? Maybe someone who is half human and half goat? Don’t say it can’t be done — that is what people said about “transgenders” just a few years ago. Instead say, “Yes, we can!”

    • Troy Stevens

      Aug. 14, 2014
      4:52 p.m.

      Transgenderism has been around a lot longer than a few years ago.

  82. JP

    Aug. 14, 2014
    3:59 p.m.

    Michelle Obama is a Man!!
    MUST Watch

    • johnny99

      Aug. 14, 2014
      4:06 p.m.

      Hang on a minute. If Michele used to be a man and is now a woman, and Barry used to be a woman and is now a man, is that a gay marriage?

  83. gtmancan

    Aug. 14, 2014
    4:01 p.m.

    My daughter is going through this lie of transgenderism. Society indoctrinates the vulnerable that they are not who they were born as and that their sex was “assigned” as though there was a choice in the matter. The internet has been a source of good and evil. I’m so devastated and living in Canada the government uses my tax money to destroy my daughters life! What an unjust and perverted world we live in. Transgender ism is indeed a mental illness but we have stupid fools who believe anything goes and just accept everyone’s “feeling” because you couldn’t possibly be deceived about such a thing. Lies, lies,lies. The heart is deceitful and we can grow up confused about our gender. Why is that so hard to believe? We as a society have to resist this politically correct acceptance of anything goes as long as one “believes it to be true in their heart” and “not hurting anyone”. Ask me if my wife and I are hurting. No we will never accept a lie! We love our daughter but will never accept her self hatred. Women are taught that they are inferior but that is a lie. Women are beautiful just as you are. If you’re a believer please pray for us.

    • bonzai

      Aug. 14, 2014
      4:11 p.m.

      I am sorry for both you and your daughter. I will pray. Greater is he . . . . You know the rest.

    • InChristAlone1

      Aug. 14, 2014
      4:56 p.m.

      I will definitely pray for you. Not long ago, I read an article written by a women who thought she wanted to be a boy in her childhood. She wrote about how thankful she was that her parents didn’t have this society to try and tell her what to do (back then none of this was even considered.) She is thankful now because she is married, a Christian, has children and a wonderful life. I will try and find it and post the link. My heart hurts for you. This world is so wicked. I have a niece who has lesbian professors in college and now is dappling in the idea she might be gay. It is very upsetting and I feel your pain.

  84. oldvlc

    Aug. 14, 2014
    4:03 p.m.

    To even dignify this with a comment is admitting we as a nation have lost our soul.

  85. Bill Birch

    Aug. 14, 2014
    4:03 p.m.

    So what’s next?
    A national coming out federal holiday? Flags will fly at full staff.
    What is my politically correct reaction supposed to be? O boy, that’s the 27 millionth person to reveal their secret. I feel like a big weight has been lifted.

    I expect flak but this “lets all celebrate another coming out” has gone over the top into the valley on the other side.
    Hopefully they were hired as the best person for the job based on qualifications and not quota orientation..

    • Troy Stevens

      Aug. 14, 2014
      4:50 p.m.

      One of the few comments that sounds harsh but is full of truth. No flak from this transgendered person. There is no reason for the world to know that this person is a transgender. Why not just leave the article at the fact that a new person was hired for this position and that they are the best qualified. Thanks to a media frenzy that never quits anything, any little thing, that could potentially create a stir among the right, left, or any political group is considered news.

  86. johnny99

    Aug. 14, 2014
    4:04 p.m.

    I’m sure Congress will run more smoothly now that it has a new tranny.

    • rt90k

      Aug. 14, 2014
      5:17 p.m.

      More “change”. Perhaps of the (IVT) infinitely variable type of “sex drive”.

  87. JonathanDunbar

    Aug. 14, 2014
    4:04 p.m.

    Wait wasn’t Obama and Michele the first LGBT on the hill?

  88. springer

    Aug. 14, 2014
    4:04 p.m.

    Our tax money is being spent to advance a gay agenda in Congress? What the heck is going on.

    Next is inter-species sex promotion. What has happened to our beloved country.

    • 1twothree4

      Aug. 14, 2014
      4:12 p.m.

      Once you go Black Lab, you never go back!

      • T S

        Aug. 14, 2014
        4:14 p.m.

        I wish I could have upvoted that more than once. Good boy!

    • GAS33

      Aug. 14, 2014
      4:24 p.m.

      This has been going on for decades Rip Van WInkle! The democrat / liberal / ‘progressive’ agenda. First: ‘tolerance’ (of every manner/type of deviance). Second: Active promotion. Third: demonizing of principled opposition.

      Freaks should be satisfied simply to stay in the closet and not be found out, and then be grateful they aren’t ‘terminated with extreme prejudice’.

  89. JBar595

    Aug. 14, 2014
    4:05 p.m.

    Democrat Representatives and Senators call her the new thing in handy fucs.

  90. vadave

    Aug. 14, 2014
    4:05 p.m.

    I’m confused. I read the article and he/she is called a congressional staffer but he/she works for the Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute funded by a grant from the David Bohnett Foundation through the institute and he has been appointed as a fellow for the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus. Who exactly does he/she work for?

    • Denny Crane

      Aug. 14, 2014
      5:21 p.m.

      Satan.

  91. bonzai

    Aug. 14, 2014
    4:08 p.m.

    Isn’t a transgender person basically crazy? If a man thinks he’s a dog, a child, santa clause, or a houseplant, we call him crazy. If a man thinks he’s a woman, he’s a democrat hero.

    • InChristAlone1

      Aug. 14, 2014
      4:52 p.m.

      I’ve always asked….would you let a man who cuts off his penis to feel normal… perform surgery on you? Fly the plane you are on? Lead our country? (that last one might be closer than you think!)

    • Troy Stevens

      Aug. 14, 2014
      5:01 p.m.

      No crazier than someone with depression. The healing begins with the transition. Instead of taking antidepressants that affect our minds and could potentially lead one to becoming psychotic like some of these mass shooters, we chose to change our bodies to match our internal wiring. It is no different than someone who is into body piercing or tattooing.

      • Denny Crane

        Aug. 14, 2014
        5:20 p.m.

        Hear, hear. As someone who identifies as a maple end table, I agree. And, you must accept me.

      • bonzai

        Aug. 14, 2014
        6:24 p.m.

        Really? A man who thinks he’s woman is no different that someone who gets a tattoo or a body piercing? That may be true if the man is dressing up for a costume party, but because his error is supposedly a fundamental part of his identity, your analogy is wrong. It’s more akin to a woman who thinks she’s her grandmother. The only difference is the democrat party seeks to exploit transgender rather than help them, and transponders would rather be exploited as long as they can maintain their delusion.

  92. GAS33

    Aug. 14, 2014
    4:09 p.m.

    F*** all these creeps – this ISN’T News! There’s been closet weirdos in congress FOREVER! In the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries! An educated guess is at least half of them there now are freaks of one kind or another, Exhibit 1 – Barney Frank! Exhibit 2 – Anthony ‘Wiener’ Wiener. Pedophiles / cheats of every kind and variety. It doesn’t indicate ‘Approval’, it doesn’t indicate Endorsement, by Americans at large. And it doesn’t mean THEY’RE NOT STILL FREAKS! Michael Jackson apparently liked to roll around in urine soaked sheets, it doesn’t mean you want your little boy sleeping over at his house, or dating him! Good Grief!!

    • 1twothree4

      Aug. 14, 2014
      4:12 p.m.

      Don’t forget Ted Kennedy! He got the first confirmed kill in the war on women!

      • GAS33

        Aug. 14, 2014
        4:14 p.m.

        Roger and amen!

  93. johnny99

    Aug. 14, 2014
    4:10 p.m.

    I don’t understand all the commotion over an LGBT. It’s my favorite sandwich and I have one almost every day for lunch. What’s with all you youngsters?

    • dicksicario

      Aug. 14, 2014
      11:15 p.m.

      You put Grits in your BLT ?

  94. johnny99

    Aug. 14, 2014
    4:17 p.m.

    Surprise — it’s a Democrat!

    • GAS33

      Aug. 14, 2014
      4:18 p.m.

      LMFAO! BINGO!!

      • Mind_yourmanners

        Aug. 20, 2014
        4:17 p.m.

        Better make your account private because I’m going to stalk you all over disqus, lol. You’re my new bigot best friend!!!!!

  95. T bone

    Aug. 14, 2014
    4:19 p.m.

    The slow and steady drip, drip, drip.

  96. portle44

    Aug. 14, 2014
    4:20 p.m.

    Thank goodness someone finally made the hire.It was becoming a very serious worry.

  97. Banshee 722

    Aug. 14, 2014
    4:25 p.m.

    WHO CARES…the country is a disaster and this is news.

  98. azgirl

    Aug. 14, 2014
    4:26 p.m.

    I guess there won’t be a big announcement when the first mentally challenged staffer is hired. Congress is already full of them.

  99. 1CEO

    Aug. 14, 2014
    4:29 p.m.

    It is long overdue for the “Congressional Straight White Men Equality Caucus”.

  100. Ursasclaw

    Aug. 14, 2014
    4:32 p.m.

    Great, it should fit in nicely with the perverts and child molesters in Congress.

    • Troy Stevens

      Aug. 14, 2014
      4:55 p.m.

      Just because someone is transgendered doesn’t make them pervs or pedophiles.

      • GHOSTDAWG305

        Aug. 14, 2014
        6:01 p.m.

        good chance tho

      • Ursasclaw

        Aug. 14, 2014
        8:54 p.m.

        You need to look up the word pervert in the dictionary.

        1
        a : to cause to turn aside or away from what is good or true or morally right : corrupt
        b : to cause to turn aside or away from what is generally done or accepted : misdirect
        2
        a : to divert to a wrong end or purpose : misuse
        b : to twist the meaning or sense of : misinterpret

        A pretty accurate description of “transgendered”

        Full Definition of PEDOPHILIA
        : sexual perversion in which children are the preferred sexual object.

        That definition describes a lot of congressmen who have taken advantage of underage staffers.

  101. TonyXL

    Aug. 14, 2014
    4:33 p.m.

    Congratulations to it.

  102. stonehillady

    Aug. 14, 2014
    4:35 p.m.

    This so Congress can appease The so called First Lady a cross dresser herself. For Michelle is no lady, she is also a Tranny, that is why so much of this is in the news, maybe by the end of Obama’s Presidency, Michelle will finally come out of the closet, she is really Michael & the daughters are adopted.

    • skippylopezjr

      Aug. 14, 2014
      4:41 p.m.

      Michelle has a nice sized german sausage swinging down low.

      • The_Exile

        Aug. 14, 2014
        4:44 p.m.

        She ain’t that big… you can see it in pictures of times when he/she/it had dress malfunctions.

        • dicksicario

          Aug. 14, 2014
          11:27 p.m.

          With the size of her feet you would think she has a wooper black snake.

  103. buffmuffin

    Aug. 14, 2014
    4:39 p.m.

    lol, hired for life. No need to even show up for work.

    Just try firing that.

  104. skippylopezjr

    Aug. 14, 2014
    4:40 p.m.

    What a sick disgusting freak show world.

  105. Troy Stevens

    Aug. 14, 2014
    4:43 p.m.

    Lots of hatred.

  106. x32792

    Aug. 14, 2014
    4:49 p.m.

    This is the biggest and most pressing issue EVER.

  107. dltaylor51

    Aug. 14, 2014
    4:49 p.m.

    Leave it to the democrats to make Washington look more and more like a freak show.After Hillary ripped Obamas nuts out last week he could qualify as a trans gender bender.

  108. InChristAlone1

    Aug. 14, 2014
    4:52 p.m.

    I’ve always asked….would you let a man who cuts off his penis to feel “normal”… perform surgery on you? Fly the plane you are on? Lead our country? (that last one might be closer than you think!)

  109. Charlie Jenkins

    Aug. 14, 2014
    4:54 p.m.

    It’s only fitting for a bunch of Frankenstein Neanderthals to have weird pervs as servants

  110. Brian Patronie

    Aug. 14, 2014
    4:58 p.m.

    Without pictures this article is worthless…

    • AZ Schumi

      Aug. 14, 2014
      5:13 p.m.

      Just put Maddow’s mug up there…

      that fills in plenty of blanks

  111. SaneZidane

    Aug. 14, 2014
    5:07 p.m.

    Funded by a grant from the David Bohnett Foundation, Panico will rotate through the offices of the seven House Democrats who serve as co-chairmen for the caucus……

    A typo perhaps?
    That is very telling right there, folks. Rotating with seven House Democrats makes one wonder whether he is going to be a staffer, a stiffer or a stuffer.

  112. Raul Jimenez

    Aug. 14, 2014
    5:10 p.m.

    It is sick out there and getting sicker.

    • Yankeefan

      Aug. 14, 2014
      6 p.m.

      channeling Bob Grant – excellent !

  113. Bear mauler

    Aug. 14, 2014
    5:14 p.m.

    What in the name of Barney Frank is going on here???

  114. MTReynolds

    Aug. 14, 2014
    5:17 p.m.

    “We at Johns Hopkins University—which in the 1960s was the first American medical center to venture into “sex-reassignment surgery”—launched a study in the 1970s comparing the outcomes of transgendered people who had the surgery with the outcomes of those who did not. Most of the surgically treated patients described themselves as “satisfied” by the results, but their subsequent psycho-social adjustments were no better than those who didn’t have the surgery. And so at Hopkins we stopped doing sex-reassignment surgery, since producing a “satisfied” but still troubled patient seemed an inadequate reason for surgically amputating normal organs.

    It now appears that our long-ago decision was a wise one. A 2011 study at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden produced the most illuminating results yet regarding the transgendered, evidence that should give advocates pause. The long-term study—up to 30 years—followed 324 people who had sex-reassignment surgery. The study revealed that beginning about 10 years after having the surgery, the transgendered began to experience increasing mental difficulties. Most shockingly, their suicide mortality rose almost 20-fold above the comparable nontransgender population. This disturbing result has as yet no explanation but probably reflects the growing sense of isolation reported by the aging transgendered after surgery. The high suicide rate certainly challenges the surgery prescription.” Source: WSJ

  115. mlb77

    Aug. 14, 2014
    5:22 p.m.

    Obama’s open border agenda was revealed back in 2011 at prophecies(dot)org Here is an excerpt….

    But, through My servant, Linda Newkirk, I have often told you the plans of the enemy; and I tell you again, that you might prepare. The streets of the cities will run with blood because of race wars. The countryside will run with blood because of race wars; and you are only seeing the beginning of all that is at hand. For, their plan is also to import many violent Mexicans and to bring the Mexican drug wars over the border, to ignite race wars of one kind, or another, all over this nation.

    Hear Me, oh you people of America. Hear Me; for a fire has been kindled. This fire is the destruction of the U.S.A.; and this fire will not be stopped until you are brought down, oh you harlot nation of America.

    But, still I plead with you, oh My people. Repent, or perish!

    I am your Father Yahweh, yea Jehovah, Most High God.

    As witnessed, dictated and recorded this 6th day of August, 2011,

    Linda Newkirk

  116. Bob

    Aug. 14, 2014
    5:24 p.m.

    Does this mean he can screw himself?

  117. tcp53

    Aug. 14, 2014
    5:24 p.m.

    This just shows how SICK and out-of-touch the Democratic Party is. The truth is, all the laws, TV shows, movies, and protests in the world won’t change the FACT that the 97% of Earth’s population who are heterosexual have a natural, instinctive, and visceral repulsion/revulsion to the sight of homosexuals/”transgenders” engaging in amorous behavior (and always will)……

  118. Bob

    Aug. 14, 2014
    5:26 p.m.

    Just to show how liberated they are, Democrats announced that they will nominate a black sheep for president in 2016.

  119. Elcigaro

    Aug. 14, 2014
    5:27 p.m.

    Well, isn’t that stylish. Why is this a story?

  120. realistic12

    Aug. 14, 2014
    5:28 p.m.

    Correction 2:35 p.m.
    “A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Panico would be the first openly transgender Capitol Hill staffer. There have been three other openly transgender staffers in Congress, according to Steven Thai, press secretary for the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute.”

    Nice reporting Hannah Hess….you’ll certainly be moved up in line for White House Press Secretary now. dumaz

    • johnny99

      Aug. 14, 2014
      5:46 p.m.

      Why not retract the story since it is now incorrect?

  121. realistic12

    Aug. 14, 2014
    5:33 p.m.

    I love lamp. Don’t I get special rights?

  122. warman

    Aug. 14, 2014
    5:33 p.m.

    Democrats…

  123. dennis1960

    Aug. 14, 2014
    5:35 p.m.

    I don’t see this as a big deal, having a guy in the Capitol who pretends to be a woman. Hell, we put a guy in the White House who pretends he is a leader.

    • johnny99

      Aug. 14, 2014
      5:46 p.m.

      Cha-ching!

  124. TexBill

    Aug. 14, 2014
    5:36 p.m.

    Did I miss it or did this story not mention that Ben was a woman who had an adadicktome performed? Or was it a person who used to be called Ben who had takmedickoff performed? Is it politically correct to mention that the guy used to be a girl, or vice versa, or are we now allowed only to refer to a switcher as “transgender.”

  125. overtaxed77

    Aug. 14, 2014
    5:39 p.m.

    Wait a minute, you are telling me Nancy pelosi didn’t use to be a man?

  126. Ronald Moscatello

    Aug. 14, 2014
    5:46 p.m.

    This makes me so happy I can almost crap in my pants !

  127. Fanfare Ends

    Aug. 14, 2014
    5:48 p.m.

    “Funded by a grant from the David Bohnett Foundation, Panico will rotate through the offices of the seven House Democrats”

    Uh huh…

  128. johnny99

    Aug. 14, 2014
    5:51 p.m.

    Thanks to “gender-reassignment” surgery now every Democrat male can have a va gina.

  129. JohnHoward

    Aug. 14, 2014
    5:51 p.m.

    The right to procreate, being fundamental, is only as it is in nature: As our birth sex, with someone of the other sex who consents to all the obligations or marriage, using our own natural unmodified gametes. It is not an abstract right to procreate as either sex, with either sex, or by ourselves with purchased gametes, or with engineered or modified genes, or using surrogates or third party, or without consent to marriage.

    • addtocart

      Aug. 14, 2014
      6:23 p.m.

      Huh?

      • JohnHoward

        Aug. 14, 2014
        6:45 p.m.

        There is no right to reproduce as the other sex, or with someone of the same sex.

  130. ron

    Aug. 14, 2014
    5:52 p.m.

    The country and world is burning up and this is what congress and the press view as newsworthy and important? We have become a country with little hope…

  131. Mikey

    Aug. 14, 2014
    6 p.m.

    Things have gotten so bad that you gotta cut your nuts off to get a job.

  132. Taciturn

    Aug. 14, 2014
    6:01 p.m.

    many pervs in congress will salivate at the thought of shtupping her/him/she/he..Whatever !

  133. Mikey

    Aug. 14, 2014
    6:03 p.m.

    I thought saying I’d Give My Left Nut For A Job was just a saying.

  134. johnfree2

    Aug. 14, 2014
    6:08 p.m.

    The Democrats/socialists/communists are destroying Amerika….and Amerika is too stupid to see whats coming…..Orwell was a prophet. Most don’t know that Marx was a satanist.

    • Adriel Cruz

      Aug. 14, 2014
      6:21 p.m.

      Maybe you are the stupid one? Placing k’s where there should be c’s? When a sp** schools you on the English language, it may be time to go back to grade school.

      • johnfree2

        Aug. 14, 2014
        6:36 p.m.

        AMERIKA = Communist America

        • Adriel Cruz

          Aug. 14, 2014
          6:37 p.m.

          Sorry, not in the dictionary.

          • johnfree2

            Aug. 14, 2014
            6:43 p.m.

            I have two masters degrees – so you see I think outside of YOUR BOX…in case you haven’t caught my drift, I hate what the left is doing to MY AMERICA and that probably includes you.

            my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge….Hosea 4:6

            And AMERICA is being destroyed because of people like you..

  135. johnny99

    Aug. 14, 2014
    6:09 p.m.

    Adding “of the 113th Congress” to the headline is a lame and amateurish way to save this story, which is a non-story now that we’ve learned he is NOT the first openly transsexual staffer. Imagine this headline: Jackie Robinson will be first black baseball player . .. of the 1947 season.

  136. MyOpinionPost

    Aug. 14, 2014
    6:11 p.m.

    This is not news. This is propaganda. Anyway, who really cares?

  137. Mojo

    Aug. 14, 2014
    6:15 p.m.

    Gross…

  138. NSSA3Way

    Aug. 14, 2014
    6:16 p.m.

    He could have set a better administration example by enlisting in the Army and more specifically, a combat arms unit.

  139. Carl Anon

    Aug. 14, 2014
    6:18 p.m.

    And I drank a cup of water 15 minutes ago… So what?

  140. MonsterFace

    Aug. 14, 2014
    6:21 p.m.

    now all that’s left for this administration to hire is a person based on their COMPETENCE instead of their “handicap”!

  141. Cahal the Mad™

    Aug. 14, 2014
    6:21 p.m.

    Oh good, another affirmative action LGBT hire. Being competent and qualfied for a job, don’t matter to the left, only gender, race, and sexual preference count. Oh yeah, and the desire to push insane leftist agendas really matters too.

    • Adriel Cruz

      Aug. 14, 2014
      6:22 p.m.

      No, the point is equal opportunities and representation for all. And, if we chip away at the White heterosexual Christian male power structure, that’s always a plus.

      • MonsterFace

        Aug. 14, 2014
        6:24 p.m.

        yeah because the white heterosexual Christian male founded and build the greatest country in the history of MANkind and everybody else didn’t and couldn’t.

        • Adriel Cruz

          Aug. 14, 2014
          6:27 p.m.

          I see you the Country through the eyes of a White male. I’m happy minorities will soon outnumber you. Happy days are ahead!

          • MonsterFace

            Aug. 14, 2014
            6:31 p.m.

            I am a “minority”!

            I’d rather live in a “white”
            ruled/run country than in a “brown” or “black” ruled/run MESS! If you don’t understand that…then you’re in dire need of psychiatric treatment.

          • Adriel Cruz

            Aug. 14, 2014
            6:32 p.m.

            haha, you had to offer that disclaimer, “I am a minority!”

            Well, congratulations. What do you want? A medal?

          • MonsterFace

            Aug. 14, 2014
            6:33 p.m.

            I want to continue to live in a free and prosperous country, Unlike you who’d rather live in Mexico or Saudi Arabia or Nigeria, etc..not much freedom or prosperity there.

          • Adriel Cruz

            Aug. 14, 2014
            6:38 p.m.

            Do you really have a monster face?

          • MonsterFace

            Aug. 14, 2014
            6:40 p.m.

            only when dealing with unreasonable, illogical people like you.

          • Guest

            Aug. 14, 2014
            6:41 p.m.

            Well I guess your monster face will be permanently set to “monster” as there are more people with my point of view.

          • MonsterFace

            Aug. 14, 2014
            6:46 p.m.

            Nutz is not a point of view.

          • snuff1

            Aug. 14, 2014
            6:32 p.m.

            If being happy is a third (or 4th or 5th) world shithole then you will soon be in heaven.

          • Adriel Cruz

            Aug. 14, 2014
            6:35 p.m.

            4th or 5th? exaggerate much? America will still be a great Country, but its relative position is shifting, as other Countries increase in political, military and financial power.

          • MonsterFace

            Aug. 14, 2014
            6:37 p.m.

            so you’d rather live in a world dominated by Russia and/or China? You need serious help, please look into migrating to India!

          • Adriel Cruz

            Aug. 14, 2014
            6:40 p.m.

            It’s not a choice, other Countries will rise in prominence, whether Americans like it our not. You know, America is not the only Country in the world. And if recent news events are any indication, it is hardly “exceptional.”

          • MonsterFace

            Aug. 14, 2014
            6:44 p.m.

            with the help of the United States…and the FACT that we are who we are and have accomplished what we’ve accomplished PROVES we are an exceptional country! I don’t see millions of people risk their lives to live in China or India or Russia…THEY come here to seek opportunities and greater freedom to live their lives under the blanket of our constitution.

      • bonzai

        Aug. 14, 2014
        6:25 p.m.

        White heterosexual Christians are your only hope of survival. Without them, the world will teeter between anarchy and totalitarianism.

        • Adriel Cruz

          Aug. 14, 2014
          6:29 p.m.

          Because other Countries, who aren’t White, heterosexual and Christian, can exist peacefully and have stability. I few come to mind. If anything, our Country’s history has been one of destabilizing governments around the world, with the unimaginable consequences to their respective populations? The Great White Hope? I think not.

          • MonsterFace

            Aug. 14, 2014
            6:30 p.m.

            NAME ONE!

          • Adriel Cruz

            Aug. 14, 2014
            6:31 p.m.

            Many Asian countries, countries in the Middle east, South American countries, etc.

          • MonsterFace

            Aug. 14, 2014
            6:31 p.m.

            GIVE ME A NAME!

          • Adriel Cruz

            Aug. 14, 2014
            6:33 p.m.

            You just want to Google your head off. You already seem batsh** to me.

          • MonsterFace

            Aug. 14, 2014
            6:35 p.m.

            LOL, you can’t name one, you can’t defend your position.

          • Adriel Cruz

            Aug. 14, 2014
            6:36 p.m.

            Because, you seem to lack logic. Offering a country’s name will not make a difference.

          • MonsterFace

            Aug. 14, 2014
            6:38 p.m.

            It will confirm or disprove your statement…give me a name!

          • snuff1

            Aug. 14, 2014
            6:33 p.m.

            God you are dumb.

          • bonzai

            Aug. 15, 2014
            11:45 a.m.

            Name those countries. China? Any country in Africa? The middle east? You might find a few Polynesian islands, but my guess is that you’d find them filled with tribal disputes, and the don’t “exist peacefully” as you fantasize they do. Sadly, your bigotry and the far-left distortions and cliches that are the basis of your worldview have blinded you.

      • johnfree2

        Aug. 14, 2014
        7:07 p.m.

    • MonsterFace

      Aug. 14, 2014
      6:23 p.m.

      only CERTAIN genders, ethnic groups, sexual preferences and religions matter to this administration.

  142. Tom Dockery

    Aug. 14, 2014
    6:26 p.m.

    We are not free until $heldon and Roger give us the right to invest our money as we see fit without having to move to Nevada.

  143. FreedomTrickle

    Aug. 14, 2014
    6:27 p.m.

    “openly” is the keyword in this article

  144. johnfree2

    Aug. 14, 2014
    6:28 p.m.

    Check out the communist manifesto in the congressional record back in 1953….the left is proceeding according to plan. Welcome to the New World Order….The goal is to destroy the family, values and religion…and since “they” have infiltrated the media, most are clueless as to what is really happening….

    Sadly, Its too late to save Amerika….thanks DEMOCRATS

    My children and grandchildren will curse you.

  145. Warren Wilson

    Aug. 14, 2014
    6:32 p.m.

    This article used “he” where an editor would normally have used the person’s last name. Half of those butch women are on testosterone anyway. Ever hear Janet Napolitano talk?

    • richard_head

      Aug. 14, 2014
      6:52 p.m.

      She mumbles as she is trying to spit that carpet taste out.

  146. Stanley J. Walljasper

    Aug. 14, 2014
    6:33 p.m.

    Openly = making it an issue at every moment?

    No thanks. Just take the job, keep all of your sexual wonderfulness or martyrdom to yourself, just like any other professonal in the workplace, please.

  147. CrossHugger

    Aug. 14, 2014
    6:36 p.m.

    It is all about being something God made you and you don’t like it. How come in gay relationships, one of the partners plays a male role and one the female. God created you to be a man or a woman so own it. It is a choice.

    • Guest

      Aug. 14, 2014
      6:43 p.m.

      I’m gay and I have to say that is not true. Sex, gender and sexual orientation are three distinct things. Stop injecting God in this argument, not everyone is Christian.

      • richard_head

        Aug. 14, 2014
        6:51 p.m.

        Was you born that way or indoctrinated?

      • Mr. Fish (catch & release)

        Aug. 14, 2014
        7:09 p.m.

        Many times God and Mother Nature are used interchangeably. But you already know that don’t you?
        I don’t know the difference between sex and gender, unless you consider sex, “the act” itself. Sex and orientation while different are not separable in the mind of a more traditional viewpoint. While I ( for one) am tolerant of your existence, I am not tolerant of your desire to be acknowledged as an influence on society.

      • Snailmailtrucker

        Aug. 14, 2014
        10:17 p.m.

        Maybe you should be !

  148. jonahanalb

    Aug. 14, 2014
    6:43 p.m.

    It is obvious who is in charge and what the agenda is in destroying our country and
    our moral values as a society. Where did the qualifications and serious expertise go to? When you see the ISIS flags running into Washington where will your high heels and stockings take you?

  149. mike

    Aug. 14, 2014
    6:46 p.m.

    Ladies and Gentleman the meet the next president! It has no experience but is the next evolution in the liberal ideology of leadership! So we can all be more tolerant of those of us who are different!! Jeez it is never going end knowing what freaky things people do!

  150. intellectone

    Aug. 14, 2014
    6:48 p.m.

    Does the United States Government need one more type of ‘Objectively Disordered’ employee?

  151. richard_head

    Aug. 14, 2014
    6:50 p.m.

    Coming soon. The first sheep loving ISIS commander will be the head of the Secret Service!

    • dicksicario

      Aug. 14, 2014
      11:30 p.m.

      Holder already has that distinction

  152. paoliana

    Aug. 14, 2014
    6:55 p.m.

    Is there ANYTHING DEMOSLEEZE scum hasn’t destroyed?

  153. The Oracle

    Aug. 14, 2014
    6:58 p.m.

    God didn’t give the LGBT crowd at Sodom and Gomorrah RIGHTS.
    He issued his disgust by destroying the twin cities.
    Can’t say that I want to be caught up in the same kind of horror.

  154. The Outlaw Josey Wales

    Aug. 14, 2014
    7:01 p.m.

    Moochelle the tranny finally got a job?

    • dicksicario

      Aug. 14, 2014
      11:23 p.m.

      Queens don’t have jobs

  155. billybobz

    Aug. 14, 2014
    7:04 p.m.

    faqs and democRATs.

  156. rlc14433

    Aug. 14, 2014
    7:07 p.m.

    Hussein ‘Scandalous Shitstained Liar’ Traitor Soetoro Obama, radical liberal democratic hypocrites, queers and ‘transgender’ trash are POISON to America.

  157. Danvil

    Aug. 14, 2014
    7:08 p.m.

    Where is the White Christian Straight Caucus? We’re not allowed to organize because we are being legislated out of existence by our own government. Time to fight back, against the evil Progs.

  158. Jim

    Aug. 14, 2014
    7:17 p.m.

    Why does this article keep saying “he”. She’s still a female. These are the same people who’ll go against genetically modified foods (maybe they’re right, maybe they’re not) yet to surgically make a phony male from a female is “equality”? No, it’s mental illness.

    • Samuel Stein

      Aug. 14, 2014
      8:08 p.m.

      She can butcher her body, cut her hair off, take male hormones and dress like a man but she will never be a man. She will be a disordered and dysfunctional female until the day she dies. She was born female and she will die female. All that is needed to prove that is a simple cheek swab. Her chromosome configuration is female and always will be female. This pandering to the mentally disordered is outrageous.

  159. susandanielspi

    Aug. 14, 2014
    7:20 p.m.

    And the freak show continues.

  160. Mungo

    Aug. 14, 2014
    7:21 p.m.

    To go along with our Transgender First “Lady”

  161. SpamFace Plant

    Aug. 14, 2014
    7:21 p.m.

    Cruising for a cougar daddy…Maybe he’ll hook up with Barney.

  162. Joe_E_in_the_IE

    Aug. 14, 2014
    7:31 p.m.

    Change your sign, dude, and be honest about what you really, really want: not equality but favored protected class status and preferential treatment over heterosexuals for access to education, employment and government benefits.

  163. ctwatcher .

    Aug. 14, 2014
    7:32 p.m.

    Good luck dude…I mean ma’am…

  164. Richard_Wiggler

    Aug. 14, 2014
    7:36 p.m.

    Rise of the ‘Planet of the Apes’
    only in REAL LIFE.

  165. Jasonn

    Aug. 14, 2014
    7:37 p.m.

    How inclusive and progressive of you, but do you really want someone with serious psychological issues on the payroll? Gee, what could go wrong?

  166. Smacky Z Frog

    Aug. 14, 2014
    7:37 p.m.

    I’ve been reading on HuffPo about the revolution is coming. Wonder who loses first when the people rise up and take heads? Hmmmmm, let me think, Germany, Russia, Iran, Iraq…. Hmmmmm, I don’t think these people really want what they claim. Just a guess though.

  167. Paladin

    Aug. 14, 2014
    7:43 p.m.

    ‘The Christian Live & Character of the Civil Institutions of the United States’… Benjamin Franklin Morris – 1864… This work will affirm without question the founding of our republic of republics, the US, as a Christian nation… read it if you dare to be informed. That considered… homos are an affront & a grave sin according to my Christian tenets & philosophy… yet we allow them into the fabric of our government…

  168. gregpusczek

    Aug. 14, 2014
    7:46 p.m.

    Lame. Who cares? Gratuitous staffing for the sake of media coverage.

  169. Blandly Urbane

    Aug. 14, 2014
    7:49 p.m.

    So, is he really she or vice versa?

  170. antigreenman

    Aug. 14, 2014
    7:51 p.m.

    A confused liberal lobbying for 2% of the population. Great. . . . I wonder what he/she/it will want to cram down our throats and tell us it tastes good?

  171. TruthDetector

    Aug. 14, 2014
    7:52 p.m.

    I thought Obama was a Senator before he became POTUS.

    • dicksicario

      Aug. 14, 2014
      11:21 p.m.

      He was
      A POS one even back to his days in the IL house

  172. TruthDetector

    Aug. 14, 2014
    7:54 p.m.

    “Correction 2:35 p.m.

    A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Panico would be the first openly transgender Capitol Hill staffer. There have been three other openly transgender staffers in Congress, according to Steven Thai, press secretary for the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute.”

    What, no retraction?

  173. Samuel Stein

    Aug. 14, 2014
    8 p.m.

    This is disgraceful. Leftist progressive hands are all over this madness.

  174. bill_a_bob

    Aug. 14, 2014
    8:19 p.m.

    “A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Panico would be the first openly transgender Capitol Hill staffer”
    Guess Panico will have to go back to being just a closeted transgender Capitol Hill Staffer or celebrate at being the first fourth openly transgender Capitol Hill Staffer. I can hardly wait for Roll Cáll to break the story on the fifth openly transgender Capitol Hill Staffer. Can journalist be impeached?

  175. Ron Paulyes

    Aug. 14, 2014
    8:20 p.m.

    !!!
    Please facebook message me your address or email me at
    benpanico6@gmail.com so I can write you a thank you card whilst on bed
    rest. :)

    I have been on Testosterone for one year now,
    and I am so pleased with the results. I cannot wait to have surgery and
    feel so much more comfortable in my skin. My double mastectomy is
    scheduled for December 10th with Dr. Beverly Fischer, here in Maryland.
    Because insurance companies do not cover gender affirming surgeries for
    trans* individuals, I have to pay the whole cost out of pocket. The
    surgery is $7,350. So far, I have paid almost a third of that. If I
    could get even a hundred dollars in donations, it would mean the world
    to me. Being a full-time student makes it difficult to save money, but I
    have been working diligently, as this surgery is really important to me
    and my mental health. For once, I am looking for to beach season!
    – See more at:
    http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/funding-top-surgery/95244#sthash.MdgBJ2UC.dpuf

  176. TruthBeTold

    Aug. 14, 2014
    8:22 p.m.

    Now we’re all free! Hurray!

  177. Zach Peterson

    Aug. 14, 2014
    8:23 p.m.

    Now there’s a Circus Freak to go with the rest of the clowns in DC. Step up, folks, step up, see the man who cut off his penis! 5 cents only!

    • luckyoldsun

      Aug. 14, 2014
      9:13 p.m.

      Since they call this person “Ben Panico” and “he” and “him” throughout the article–and since it’s now considered a hate crime to not refer to someone by their chosen gender–I’ve got to figure that they’re talking about a woman who “transitioned” into being a “man.”

  178. Moronbusters

    Aug. 14, 2014
    8:31 p.m.

    “transgender”? That is like “trans-species”. A human who thinks they are a dog or something other than they are. Why is this news or a good thing?

  179. The Gay Pope

    Aug. 14, 2014
    8:32 p.m.

    I thought Cher’s kid was collecting used condoms and syringes in the NY subway system

  180. Drillforoil

    Aug. 14, 2014
    8:33 p.m.

    Ho No!

  181. Nelliebaxter

    Aug. 14, 2014
    8:41 p.m.

    Good for them, they haven’t done anything else in the pas 6 years.

  182. Alphonsus_Jr

    Aug. 14, 2014
    8:42 p.m.

    Nauseating.

    Kyrie eleison,
    Kyrie eleison,
    Kyrie eleison!

    Christe eleison,
    Christe eleison,
    Christe eleison!

    Kyrie eleison,
    Kyrie eleison,
    Kyrie eleison!

  183. welovetheUSA

    Aug. 14, 2014
    8:43 p.m.

    Ah come on, these men calling themselves women are mentally ill…what are you people doing putting a nut in around congress? Where is the security clearance? This is beyond sick..its down right un-American.

  184. DriveMonkeyDrive

    Aug. 14, 2014
    8:47 p.m.

    Even when everyone leaves Washington for their home states it is still the number one place to go to if you want to see the circus.

    • dicksicario

      Aug. 14, 2014
      11:19 p.m.

      Just don’t leave your hotel at night in DC

  185. Happybidr

    Aug. 14, 2014
    8:57 p.m.

    I can’t imagine a topic that is more creepy than this. Next thing this person will do is try to figure out how to get everyone who doesn’t agree with him FIRED. the Left is so hypocritical. I think they’ve just completely given up on the Constitution, certainly the Bill of Rights. Remember, now you Are the govt, so please don’t try to take steps to silence people who disagree with you because the Constitution actually DOES forbid that. “Congress shall make no law….” (Too bad it didn’t stop there.)

    • Snailmailtrucker

      Aug. 14, 2014
      10:13 p.m.

      That is exactly what Obama has done with the IRS….DHS…..DOJ….
      Have you been sleeping?

  186. HoosiersH8LibTards

    Aug. 14, 2014
    8:59 p.m.

    I could care less if this new staffer is gay, straight, left, right, center, Atheist, Christian, Agnostic, etc., as long as he/she/it does the job they are paid to do.

    FYI: Real Americans don’t give a DAMN what you do in your private lives! We don’t care who you sleep with, who you love, who you hate…. we just don’t care.
    Why? Because we are focused on our own lives.

    • Snailmailtrucker

      Aug. 14, 2014
      10:12 p.m.

      You do realize that anyone who is willing to cut their jewels off has an agenda !

      • HoosiersH8LibTards

        Aug. 15, 2014
        7:47 a.m.

        Yes, I am aware of the possibility, but it still does not change the fact that I don’t care. Everyone keeps telling me, that as a Christian, Conservative, pro-2A single Caucasian father, I ‘hate’ people who are different, ie., gay or transgendered. The actual truth is, I don’t care what you do in the privacey of your own life. It is your business. Quit telling me I have to accept anything! If you want to cut off your jewels, good for you. As long as YOU or your private insurance covers the costs, snip away. Your dime, your new vagina. :-) Enjoy!

  187. AntiKass

    Aug. 14, 2014
    9:03 p.m.

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  188. Warren Banta

    Aug. 14, 2014
    9:06 p.m.

    What are the gays, lesbians and transgenders going to do when no one thinks they are novel anymore. When no one cares what or who they are.

  189. J S

    Aug. 14, 2014
    9:07 p.m.

    Who cares??????

    • Snailmailtrucker

      Aug. 14, 2014
      10:12 p.m.

      You should !

      • J S

        Aug. 17, 2014
        9:11 p.m.

        Why, it was never pointed out when the first openly heterosexual entered Congress, why should a transperson get special treatment because of their sexual preference?

  190. outman

    Aug. 14, 2014
    9:08 p.m.

    oh thank God this is news…..

  191. axethecouncil

    Aug. 14, 2014
    9:09 p.m.

    Nancy P. Lousy?

  192. Twilightstar

    Aug. 14, 2014
    9:16 p.m.

    Well, our government is now complete.

  193. John J. Griffin

    Aug. 14, 2014
    9:18 p.m.

    This should really excite Obama, he will pick up his phone and make that call while a marine rots in jail in TJ and Christians being slaughtered by his buddies in Iraq and Syria.

    • Twilightstar

      Aug. 14, 2014
      9:19 p.m.

      He might still be too busy golfing on Martha’s Vineyard to notice.

      • OldOllie

        Aug. 14, 2014
        10:34 p.m.

        Still, I would expect him to approve. After all, he’s married to one.

      • John J. Griffin

        Aug. 15, 2014
        11:04 a.m.

        Your right, how dumb of me.

  194. YankeeSoonerBill

    Aug. 14, 2014
    9:28 p.m.

    No Hannah, the Looney-tune left, anti-American democrats have hired a transgender person, NOT CONGRESS!!!

    • el_polacko

      Aug. 14, 2014
      9:30 p.m.

      why shouldn’t a person who is qualified for the job not be hired ? because YOU have a bias against them ?

      • general1redcent

        Aug. 14, 2014
        9:36 p.m.

        Because this is NOT a “real” job at all, it’s an AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, made-up, BOVINE EXCREMENT, LOBBYIST job INSIDE CONGRESS !

        • el_polacko

          Aug. 14, 2014
          9:40 p.m.

          if you are hired and paid for a position, it’s a “job”. why that upsets you is beyond me.

          • general1redcent

            Aug. 14, 2014
            9:43 p.m.

            It’s a PRETEND job, one manufactured, in BAD faith, to mollify 2% of the American population, many of whom don’t even care about it !

            I guess that YOU don’t work, don’t pay taxes, and couldn’t care less about ANYTHING except your genitals.

  195. abcnewscensorscansuckit

    Aug. 14, 2014
    9:30 p.m.

    Not only have we normalized and mainstreamed ghetto-esque behavior, we’re on the path to normalize genetic/psychotic freaks of nature. And what “rightth” are they squealing about? They have every “right” the rest of us have, which are all outlined in the Constitution. Marriage is not in there anywhere, and the equal protection clause is not a catch-all for freaks wanting free schit or demanding normalcy. I have had it with ‘Rats and their effed up stupidity.

  196. Snailmailtrucker

    Aug. 14, 2014
    10:10 p.m.

    A liberal New England democrat gender confused staffer….
    Remove the Congressman and then everyone else involved….
    Everyone knows their agenda and it has nothing good for America !

  197. flyfisher111

    Aug. 14, 2014
    10:14 p.m.

    And exactly why is this news ?

  198. dicksicario

    Aug. 14, 2014
    10:39 p.m.

    Bet she will get along well with the HeMoo married to Obama.

  199. The Abominable Dr. Phibes

    Aug. 14, 2014
    10:48 p.m.

    Democrats are perverts…plain and simple….

  200. Sweettea71

    Aug. 14, 2014
    10:50 p.m.

    “has been appointed as a fellow for the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus. He will spend a year helping the caucus, founded in 2008, pursue an ambitious gay-rights agenda in a Congress with a record number of openly gay lawmakers.”

    Congrats on the new job, but is there any American Citizen Caucus? Frankly that’s the only one we should have or care about. You can have blacks, whites, browns, straights, gays, those who aren’t sure, guys, chicks, those who aren’t sure as members. No wonder we are are at the point of hating each other with all this self interest.

    DC is a cesspool that needs to be flushed.

  201. Attila

    Aug. 14, 2014
    10:50 p.m.

    Another float in the Democratic Party Parade of Degeneracy and Mental Illness.

  202. Top Hand

    Aug. 14, 2014
    10:52 p.m.

    Masculine Michelle, Barack’s husband, will feel me comfortable now that there’s another one there.

    • NOLIKEO

      Aug. 15, 2014
      1:34 a.m.

      The beast has to have custom made shoes as they don’t make size 14s in womens. I did hear they danced the night away last night at the vineyard. She do love to get down, get down.

  203. Top Hand

    Aug. 14, 2014
    11 p.m.

    Look how masculine this one is! Look how big and masculine this guy in the middle is! Look how big his arms, legs and feet are compared to the men on either side of him.

    • Melvin Bennett

      Aug. 14, 2014
      11:43 p.m.

      They always did like to dress up like women.

  204. Chris L Harris

    Aug. 14, 2014
    11:08 p.m.

    On this country’s current trajectory, we should have a President Caligula by 2020.

  205. sailordude

    Aug. 14, 2014
    11:13 p.m.

    Funny how the correction at the end of the story says this is NOT the first TG staffer. Drudge should take the link to this non story down.

  206. disqus_mfERPWUv3H

    Aug. 14, 2014
    11:22 p.m.

    We have leaders of depravity and debauchery in Washington.

  207. Melvin Bennett

    Aug. 14, 2014
    11:42 p.m.

    Getting pretty close to the days of Caligula with this current group of freaks in control. Just waiting for the Olive leaves on top of their heads.

  208. TomLa

    Aug. 14, 2014
    11:43 p.m.

    When the international Communist said they would bring the US down with decadence they meant it. The District has collapsed and the deluge has begun.

  209. Chance Boudreaux

    Aug. 14, 2014
    11:49 p.m.

    Why would anyone care? Just another sign of the collapse of America.

  210. texmaster

    Aug. 15, 2014
    12:06 a.m.

    The correct term is gender denier not transsexual or transgender. Trans according to the dictionary means change. No gender denier changed their gender by adding to or cutting off parts of their body which is why they should be called what they are, gender deniers because nothing changed scientifically. Liberals simply hate science.

  211. Mike Gilmer

    Aug. 15, 2014
    12:11 a.m.

    I knew it would be a Democrat before ever reading the story.

  212. TomLa

    Aug. 15, 2014
    12:19 a.m.

    The ” Democrats” are all into to homosexuality, transgenders and abortion. What will they try to normalize next, bestiality, child sacrifices and open borders?

    • NOLIKEO

      Aug. 15, 2014
      1:31 a.m.

      All of the above.

  213. Honshu Makpeet

    Aug. 15, 2014
    12:21 a.m.

    Incomplete T.S. Not only is it mental illness, it is a case of grotesque mutilation. Mutilation done by so-called doctors with the duplicity of psychologists and psychiatrists. Violate nature long enough and it will vomit you out eventually.

  214. artyvanguard

    Aug. 15, 2014
    12:23 a.m.

    I have nothing wrong with hiring the best person for the job.

    I have something very wrong with hiring on the basis of quotas like skin color and gender.

    • teddie77

      Aug. 15, 2014
      1:11 a.m.

      Ditto

  215. racists yokels better run

    Aug. 15, 2014
    12:52 a.m.

    oh boo hoo hoo you whiny righties…

    • teddie77

      Aug. 15, 2014
      1:11 a.m.

      freakazoid

  216. RenegadeScholar

    Aug. 15, 2014
    1:05 a.m.


    Capitol Hill Gets Its First Openly Transgender Staffer of the 113th Congress

    I wonder when they will hire their first schizophrenic narcissist?

    Oh yeah–Obama is already there.

  217. TomLa

    Aug. 15, 2014
    1:09 a.m.

    I am glad to see the Democrats working for the Latino vote. Because Latinos love their transgender, not

  218. Tattooed

    Aug. 15, 2014
    1:17 a.m.

    Will they pay him/her more because she’s a he? Or less because he’s a she? THAT is the question.

    • Candice

      Aug. 15, 2014
      1:38 a.m.

      Depends on what day their period is.

  219. Candice

    Aug. 15, 2014
    1:37 a.m.

    So now they are hiring shims. Big deal. Just do the job.

  220. Jeffy White

    Aug. 15, 2014
    2:03 a.m.

    There’s no such thing as “transgender” it’s a guy with a boob job and a psychiatric disorder.

  221. Guy Fleegman1

    Aug. 15, 2014
    2:24 a.m.

    Not the BEST person for the job I bet…but hired anyway LOL America is fawking done.

  222. Gas_Passer

    Aug. 15, 2014
    2:25 a.m.

    The demorats are gonna pee their pants with joy when they hear this news…

  223. RayinSD

    Aug. 15, 2014
    2:32 a.m.

    If any other group of people in America had a suicide attempt rate at over 40% there would be a national outcry over what to do about it. Instead, we allow this group of people with a higher than 40% suicide attempt rate to join the military. We pretend that it’s just a normal variant of human behavior, instead of what it actually is, a MENTAL DISORDER. Cutting a penis off does NOT make you a woman no matter how much you want to believe it does, sorry.
    http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/AFSP-Williams-Suicide-Report-Final.pdf

  224. OLDNAVYVET

    Aug. 15, 2014
    3:15 a.m.

    “Ho Hum!”

  225. Lucian

    Aug. 15, 2014
    4:31 a.m.

    Welllll, at least they’re getting the important stuff taken care of.

  226. Kimbell

    Aug. 15, 2014
    4:52 a.m.

    It’s started!!!……Election Day cannot get here Fast enough!!! The Crazies on the Left want every body to join in the Fun!!!!

  227. top secret

    Aug. 15, 2014
    5:13 a.m.

    I always knew Congress was confused…this confirms it.

  228. Lance1234

    Aug. 15, 2014
    5:49 a.m.

    Let us hear it for Mental Illness!
    Mainstreaming deviance. What could possibly go wrong with that?

  229. Roger Edward Harris

    Aug. 15, 2014
    5:51 a.m.

    Congress like the state department has no more credibility. Making it a priority to hire _____ (fill in the whining minority) over competent people won’t make it a less credible establishment. In fact, congress could go home and we would probably be better off.

  230. ericibsen

    Aug. 15, 2014
    5:58 a.m.

    You cannot change DNA no matter how much lipstick you put on it.

  231. Johannes Perlmuther

    Aug. 15, 2014
    6 a.m.

    Another waste of taxpayers’ monies by the bloated, wasteful, out-of-control Congress and Federal government. I never thought I would see the day when abnormality and perversion are celebrated in our Capitol and members of Congress. Just what is the Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute? Is this the vetting committee for Obama’s outreach and recruitment, or a branch of the Democratic Party? Whatever it is, I am positive it is not what our Founding Fathers intended for a moral society.

  232. ounceoflogic

    Aug. 15, 2014
    6:48 a.m.

    Is there such a thing as too many ‘rights’?

    • glock22

      Aug. 15, 2014
      7:56 a.m.

      Apparently not…unless you’re a white male, then you have no rights.

      • C. Edmund Wright

        Aug. 15, 2014
        8:16 a.m.

        especially a meat eating gun toting heterosexual married God fearing tobacco using self employed white male…….

      • ounceoflogic

        Aug. 16, 2014
        8:51 a.m.

        You keep thinking that, accepting your victim status, voting Democrat, and asking for handouts and special treatment. It beats working your way up.

  233. L K

    Aug. 15, 2014
    7:24 a.m.

    Lesbos have a real issue with men who trannie to “women”-it’s like a Trojan Horse, without the testosterone.

  234. Chuck Upster

    Aug. 15, 2014
    7:28 a.m.

    Equal rights, not special rights

  235. myvoice2

    Aug. 15, 2014
    7:53 a.m.

    Wonder if they’ll start having drag shows in the east wing now, if it already hasn’t happened yet.

  236. glock22

    Aug. 15, 2014
    7:55 a.m.

    This is news? Who gives a s**t?

  237. Fip1

    Aug. 15, 2014
    7:58 a.m.

    More reasons for the Dems to conquer and divide the country.

  238. Macpappy

    Aug. 15, 2014
    7:59 a.m.

    Well, that makes two, doesn’t it. The first “Lady” is a man too.

  239. Tom Magee

    Aug. 15, 2014
    8:02 a.m.

    “Panico will rotate through the offices of the seven House Democrats who serve as co-chairmen for the caucus.”

    Yeah, no doubt…

  240. Kemo Sabe

    Aug. 15, 2014
    8:11 a.m.

    When it finally happens. Leave quickly and Don’t Look Back.. Repeating: “Dont Look Back.
    When will it happen? No one knows the time.But happen it will. Unless, Unless we repent quickly. But, from the looks of things, we are doubling down. Digging ourselves through the gutters which are now in our rear-view mirror as we tunnel ourselves into oblivion. No Abomination today is considered too much/too far.
    We are an adventurous nation. We are seeking and exploring new way to wallow into more depravities as we dance merrily around the Golden Calf.

  241. mucklucky

    Aug. 15, 2014
    8:11 a.m.

    The Civil Rights Act forbids discrimination based on sex (male or female), race, religion, or national origin. It does not forbid discrimination based on sexual preference. If you cannot look between your legs and determine your sex, your are an imbecile.

  242. Stephanie Payne

    Aug. 15, 2014
    8:17 a.m.

    Wow! What a surprise (sarcasm)! It’s a Democrat! Folks, it’s time to take back your country from the angry leftists who insist on dividing it. These people have every right afforded by the Constitution, but a tax-funded special “caucus” for LGBT issues is not the government’s role. Throw the bums out, whether they’re gay straight or trannies!

  243. Bruce in AZ

    Aug. 15, 2014
    8:18 a.m.

    How is this news-worthy?

  244. Layla

    Aug. 15, 2014
    8:18 a.m.

    Once again, everybody on Capitol Hill misses the point….it is not about YOU. And this is just another glaring example of why you need to be sent HOME. The American people are losing jobs, homes and you are worried about your rights.

    YOU have put this country in the toilet and flushed. And now it is your turn.

  245. KMAN

    Aug. 15, 2014
    8:20 a.m.

    Didn’t even have to guess they’re Democrat.

  246. MudFlapShoes

    Aug. 15, 2014
    8:37 a.m.

    what’s a transgender issue?

    edify me.

  247. PinkPigs

    Aug. 15, 2014
    8:44 a.m.

    Dems love perversion………

  248. NB Forrest

    Aug. 15, 2014
    8:48 a.m.

    We are more worried about a circus freak show than national security!

  249. NB Forrest

    Aug. 15, 2014
    8:51 a.m.

    Why aren’t these trannies in muslem countries raising hell!

  250. Elisabetta

    Aug. 15, 2014
    8:52 a.m.

    Wow…now THAT’s something I really wanted to read! Something to aspire to….yeah, right. Great, WDC. I’m so glad they think this is news.

  251. Cheryl A

    Aug. 15, 2014
    8:59 a.m.

    WTF who needs to know this???????

  252. Joe blow

    Aug. 15, 2014
    9:02 a.m.

    Let me get this straight: What did “he” used to be; and what does “he” claim to be now? I need to know this so I can time my horselaugh.

  253. yepster

    Aug. 15, 2014
    9:04 a.m.

    Now their’s two tranny’s in the White house,Moochelle or Micheal Should invite the New Tranny to do lunch.

  254. therhymenoceros

    Aug. 15, 2014
    9:07 a.m.

    So, according to the correction, he or she is actually the fourth. I’m guessing for effect. I would also guess that this is the third time they’ve run this scam. Same effect though….yawn.

  255. Heather Savage

    Aug. 15, 2014
    9:14 a.m.

    Why exactly is this news?? For a group of people who want to be treated “equal” this is anything but equal. What goes on in a person’s private life should be just that: PRIVATE
    I have not one thing against people’s gender/sexual orientation or anything else along those lines, I just don’t understand why this is news

  256. WTF !!!

    Aug. 15, 2014
    9:17 a.m.

    ALL FAGGOTS NEED TO BE DEAD,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  257. Colorado Kidd

    Aug. 15, 2014
    9:21 a.m.

    I don’t understand what rights gay people don’t have that I have.

    • GAS33

      Aug. 15, 2014
      9:36 a.m.

      Exactly! Everyone has a ‘right’ to pack fudge, but except for a few freakoids, who wants to do that????

  258. newsbubba

    Aug. 15, 2014
    9:57 a.m.

    Glad they added “Openly” in the description, given some of the liberal lollipops who have worked for Congress over the years.

    • Karl Magnus

      Aug. 15, 2014
      10:21 a.m.

      I’m surprised that the deviant doesn’t work for Bawny Fwank & pals.

      • sstflyer

        Aug. 15, 2014
        10:31 a.m.

        He did when he was a ‘guy’.

  259. ABnormal

    Aug. 15, 2014
    10:09 a.m.

    a transgendered Wookie first lady, and now a congressional staffer.

    • frankr

      Aug. 15, 2014
      10:22 a.m.

      Michael. Michael row the GOAT ashore, hASSaLOOOOOOya, Michael rowed the GOAT ashore, hASSaLOOOOO…ooooooYA!

  260. John Galt

    Aug. 15, 2014
    10:12 a.m.

    If I think I’m a dolphin trapped in a man’s body will surgically attaching a dorsal fin and demanding everyone call me flipper get me praise and recognition from the media, Obama and his liberal ilk? Will pressure be put on Sea World to hire me as a featured performer?

    • frankr

      Aug. 15, 2014
      10:19 a.m.

      Nothing’s off limits down this road!
      PERVERSION is the rage today! PERVERSION is the new DRUG OF CHOICE, the new HIGH. The more perverse you are, the more recognition is afforded to ya!!!
      PROOF POSITIVE that either there IS NO GOD or God has forsaken America for some reason or reasonS.

      • Karl Magnus

        Aug. 15, 2014
        10:20 a.m.

        I wouldn’t say that. Some people have compulsions and obsessions. Good for THEM, but bad for society.

        • frankr

          Aug. 15, 2014
          10:23 a.m.

          Its TRENDING Karl. Kind of like a SNOWBALL, rolling DOWNHILL and getting BIGGER and moving FASTER!!!

          comPRENDe?!!!

  261. Karl Magnus

    Aug. 15, 2014
    10:19 a.m.

    Gee … The “Hey look at ME!” crowd is disgusting. DECENT and SANE people don’t buy into their deviant agenda and WE don’t announce OUR “fetishes” if we have any.
    ~(Ä)~

  262. obammy

    Aug. 15, 2014
    10:22 a.m.

    And in other news…. nobody cares. This is not news.

  263. clifford mckercher

    Aug. 15, 2014
    10:24 a.m.

    must be obama’s jihadist wife!

    • frankr

      Aug. 15, 2014
      10:47 a.m.

      that would be v jarett

  264. JackP32

    Aug. 15, 2014
    10:25 a.m.

    So who gives a sheet?

  265. amagi

    Aug. 15, 2014
    10:25 a.m.

    I have no problem giving everyone equal rights under the law. My problem is everyone is increasingly getting special depending on the group you belong to. Black Caucus, Hispanic Causcas, now the LGBT Equality Caucus. This is not about equal rights, it is about special rights.

  266. intewedm

    Aug. 15, 2014
    10:27 a.m.

    Another example of how out of touch Congress is! Queers are perverts and should be kept in the closet…or cages would even be better!

    • frankr

      Aug. 15, 2014
      10:46 a.m.

      or in the ground!

  267. sstflyer

    Aug. 15, 2014
    10:29 a.m.

    “Mr., Mrs., Ms.” Now we’ll need a new ‘honorific’ for Ben Panico. I need help, the only one I can think of is ‘Its’.

  268. doomsday_survivor

    Aug. 15, 2014
    10:31 a.m.

    capital hill hired Michele Obama?!

    • frankr

      Aug. 15, 2014
      10:32 a.m.

      He’s married to the OTHER pervert in the White House!

  269. Moral_Hazard

    Aug. 15, 2014
    11:18 a.m.

    If you see a figure in a black rubber suit and gas mask walking the halls of the capitol, don’t be alarmed! It’s not a terrorist attack or bioweapon drill. It’s only Martin Solace, the first congressional staffer who is a long-standing member of DC’s vibrant rubber fetish community. Said Mr. Solace (we think) in an interview with Roll Call, “It’s a wonderful day where all members alternative communities are honored and celebrated in our nation’s capital.” As part of his expression of fetishistic joy, Mr. Solace dresses in full head-to-toe rubber garments exclusively and is almost never seen outside his home without his gas mask. When asked how he handles sweltering DC summers, Mr. Solace replied, “I sweat a lot, but it’s worth it in order to raise awareness that cotton is not king.”

    Extremist conservative senator, Jesse Helms, was quoted as harrumphing, “I don’t care what he likes to wear, but he better have a suit and tie on when he’s in the Senate Chamber.” A small group of fetish protestors assembled in their colorfully black attire outside the capitol building today shouting, “No justice, no peace!!” but it was tough to tell since many of them were wearing gas masks.

  270. RMorrow

    Aug. 15, 2014
    11:27 a.m.

    Our Congress just keeps getting more more stupid. And Congress wonders why the American people have such disdain for them?

  271. Yukiko

    Aug. 15, 2014
    11:37 a.m.

    What a quandary for our congressmen and women. They will have to decide whether to turn over the page or ask for a BJ.

  272. Tom Thumb

    Aug. 15, 2014
    11:46 a.m.

    I thought John Boehner was the first??

  273. RecoveringLiberal

    Aug. 15, 2014
    11:48 a.m.

    Oh boy, they finally hired someone based on their mixed up sex preferences. I’m so relieved…..

  274. IndyRepublican

    Aug. 15, 2014
    11:49 a.m.

    F’ing pervert.

  275. Verbotene Gedanken

    Aug. 15, 2014
    11:58 a.m.

    Divine.

  276. Pardonme

    Aug. 15, 2014
    12:05 p.m.

    This should raise the positive feelings for the Congress because they are oh so openly diverse and welcome the minority viewpoints with great lust. Now let’s make sure that the salary of this “person” is equal to either the male employees or the female employees; take your choice.

  277. carlzilla

    Aug. 15, 2014
    12:05 p.m.

    Sexual perversion is not a civil right.

  278. pjdjmj

    Aug. 15, 2014
    12:09 p.m.

    Throw up.

  279. rs1123

    Aug. 15, 2014
    12:12 p.m.

    Probably Pat Riley.

  280. Just Saying

    Aug. 15, 2014
    12:15 p.m.

    The animosity here is amazing. How exactly does a congressional staffer being transgender affect your life in any way whatsoever?

    • johnny99

      Aug. 15, 2014
      12:18 p.m.

      If not then why is it a story?

    • frankr

      Aug. 15, 2014
      12:33 p.m.

      Words, concepts, IMAGES created FROM words, affect a person, MORE on!!!

      Think of a word, mam! ANY word! For the sake of argument, lets use the word: DOG. When you say or hear the word DOG, you don’t ‘see’ the WORD dog, you see A DOG, a picture OF a dog, in your ‘mind’. That goes FOR ANY WORD, ANY TIME, ANY WHERE, with ANYBODY!!!
      GET IT?!!!

      For those that actually adhere to & live their life accordingly, to a FAITH/BELIEF, any kind of PERVERSION, be it homosexuality or otherwise, conjures up IMAGES which are offensive & totally against their belief.

      If you STILL DON’T GET IT, then you’re a f k ng idee ot!

      • Just Saying

        Aug. 15, 2014
        12:40 p.m.

        Then why did you read the article?

        • frankr

          Aug. 15, 2014
          1:06 p.m.

          I’m mature. Discernment is something I acquired as a teenager.
          Go back to school, if you ever went in the first place, and this time, PAY ATTENTION!

          • Just Saying

            Aug. 15, 2014
            1:52 p.m.

            Discern this. If, as you wrote, the words create the image that offends you and affects your life, why do you read the words? It’s a simple question.

          • frankr

            Aug. 15, 2014
            3:06 p.m.

            It’s called CONTROL, mam!!! I’m IN CHARGE.
            Simple enough for you?!!!

          • Just Saying

            Aug. 15, 2014
            3:12 p.m.

            Apparently, that makes sense to you on some level. So just go with it.

          • frankr

            Aug. 15, 2014
            3:18 p.m.

            thank you.

          • Just Saying

            Aug. 15, 2014
            4:07 p.m.

            I’m not sure how “sematic” applies in this case, but I do get the impression you get much of your exercise from leaps of logic and jumping to conclusions.

          • frankr

            Aug. 15, 2014
            5:30 p.m.

            …so says the young child to it’s father!
            Geez, the arrogance is out done only by your ignorance!
            Any leaping I do is quite calculated child and my conclusions, deliberate!
            Ask your momma to change your puree to something with some FIBER in it, you need cleaned out, son!

          • Just Saying

            Aug. 15, 2014
            6:01 p.m.

            Better get a new calculator. Anyone old enough to be my father wouldn’t be using a computer. And I’m sure that information will inspire you to make even more unfounded assumptions. You appear to be quite taken with your own intelligence, such as it is. Good for you.

  281. johnny99

    Aug. 15, 2014
    12:19 p.m.

    I can’t understand why Congress has a 13 percent approval rating . . .

  282. sunnyd55

    Aug. 15, 2014
    12:31 p.m.

    I thought Baaahney Fraank retired.

  283. Freeland_Dave

    Aug. 15, 2014
    3:16 p.m.

    That should open up some eyes in the Congressional steam baths now shouldn’t it?

  284. jennylynn

    Aug. 15, 2014
    5:20 p.m.

    Homosexuality is not freedom, It is slavery. Bondage of the worst kind to their own sinful lust and desires. Jesus came to set the captives free!!!

  285. Myke Britt

    Oct. 8, 2014
    3:38 p.m.

    Is it a HE, SHE OR “IT”???

  286. Concerned Citizen

    May 21
    10:49 p.m.

    Full Definition of BIGOT
    : a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially : one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance
    570 comments below, most fit the definition above….

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