White House Official Fired After Investigation Reveals Him to Be Anti-Administration Twitter Troll

The White House has fired a National Security Council staffer after an investigation revealed he was behind a Twitter username, @natsecwonk, that had been trolling top-level members of the administration for a long period of time, Politico reports:

JosephJofi Joseph, 40, was fired from his job on the NSC nuclear non-proliferation team a week ago after a months-long probe into a barrage of tweets that included caustic criticisms of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and top NSC officials, especially Ben Rhodes – whom he accused of dodging questions about Benghazi.

“It has been a privilege to serve in this Administration and I deeply regret violating the trust and confidence placed in me,” Joseph told POLITICO in an email.

“What started out as an intended parody account of DC culture developed over time into a series of inappropriate and mean-spirited comments.  I bear complete responsibility for this affair and I sincerely apologize to everyone I insulted.”

The Daily Beast adds:

At different times, he insulted or criticized several top White House and State Department officials, including former National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, Secretary of State John Kerry, and many many others….

For many in the foreign policy community reacting Tuesday night, the revelation that Joseph was the mystery tweeter @natsecwonk was a shock because Joseph was well known among policy wonks and his wife, Carolyn Leddy, is a well-respected professional staffer on the Republican side of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

But inside the administration, there was little sympathy for the man who they feel had betrayed their confidence while taunting them all the while.

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Satan Already Owns Maine And Now He’s Got His Big Red Eyes On Illinois

“Overwhelmed, wearied and confused by years of attacks of all kinds a slim majority of Mainers grudgingly handed the sodomy movement the keys to Maine’s home. Tragically marriage, family, decency and common sense are all collapsing in the Pine Tree State. The truths of Genesis 19 and Romans 1 are becoming evident. I am encouraged by the efforts of Dave Smith and the Illinois Family Institute to avert this same disaster in the Midwest.

“Fourteen states have fallen to the radical homosexual agenda. New Jersey is the latest state to pledge obeisance to this evil. And make no mistake, a society’s decision to turn it’s back on God’s definition of marriage can end only one way. Judgment and destruction. Now is the time for Christians everywhere to increase their commitment to groups like the Illinois Family Institute. No matter what happens this year with the marriage debate Christians must deepen their resolve to live as Christians in our modern world. We must choose to do this out of love for God and our fellow man.

“Sexual sin is a destroyer. Jesus Christ is the creator. We are His creation, and we must defend and assert this proposition relentlessly in America. In God we Trust.” – Mike Heath, head of the Christian Civic League of Maine, in a mass email sent yesterday by the SPLC-certified hate group, the Illinois Family Institute, which is holding an anti-gay march on the Illinois capitol today.

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Ylvis – Massachusetts

From the Norwegian jokesters that brought us the viral smash What Does The Fox Say? comes a oddly sweet jab at the Bay State that’s also full of gay ribbing. The chorus could easily be used in a tourism commercial. You’ll like this.


RELATED: What Does The Fox Say?, which has had 150 million YouTube views, landed in the top ten of Billboard pop singles chart and saw similar success around the world. It also became a club hit and Massachusetts might too as somebody’s already done a remix.

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Pauley Perrette Directs New Short Film ‘Jenny’ In Support Of The Trevor Project: VIDEO

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Last week we reported on Lance Bass’s directorial debut in a new short film, “Tale of Two Dads,” tied to AT&T’s new campaign, “Love is Changing History,” aimed at showing “how how lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) love is changing history every day.”

Actress and activist Pauley Perrette (NCIS) has also co-directed a short film in conjunction with the campaign called, “Jenny.” Her film focuses on a young girl’s anxiety about whether she will get asked to prom by her dream date, Alex.

Check out the film (along with Bass’s in case you missed it) AFTER THE JUMP…

From now through November 11, AT&T will donate $1 to Trevor every time someone shares the campaign’s website,
and/or one of the two short films (Bass’s or Perrette’s) to Facebook and Twitter. They will
also donate $1 if you submit your own story about a moment in your life
that embodies how “Love is Changing History” on the project’s website. AT&T will donate at least $25,000 and up to $100,000 to
Trevor in support of their mission to provide crisis intervention and
suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth.

Follow the campaign and see others’ stories on Facebook and Twitter by using the hashtag #ChangeHistory.

You can also check out the “Love is Changing History” website HERE.

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Jack Mackenroth Launches ‘HIV Equal’ Campaign Aimed At Ending HIV Stigma: VIDEO

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Project Runway alum Jack Mackenroth has joined with photographer Thomas Evans and Connecticut-based World Health Clinicians (WHC) to launch a new social media campaign, “HIV Equal,” aimed at fighting the stigma surrounding HIV and encouraging people to get tested and know their status.

The campaign comes at a crucial time for HIV awareness, as 90% of new HIV infections are found in young men ages 13-34. For that reason, the campaign places a strong emphasis on testing in coordination with youth outreach.

Mackenroth, who has been HIV positive for twenty-four years, spoke out about his involvement with the project:

Hiv“Our goal is to photograph people from all walks of life who support ending HIV stigma, regardless of their personal HIV status. We launched the campaign with celebrities, politicians, artists and many recognizable faces in order to draw attention to our mission, but we plan to include everyone since HIV affects us all,” Mackenroth explains. “HIV Equal goes a step further to include testing so that everyone photographed knows their status. We need to take care of ourselves and each other, as well as to reignite the global conversation about HIV to stop the spread of misinformation, fear and judgment.”

More than just assigning people with labels of “negative” and “positive,” “HIV Equal” highlights what people believe to be “a positive attribute that they see about themselves”:

Individuals are photographed with a unique “HIV=” logo, which strategically appears on their body. As a play on the word “status,” a unique caption will read ‘STATUS:_______,’ and every model picks a word that exemplifies one aspect of their personality. This alludes to the fact that who we are as people is much more important than an HIV status.”

The campaign will officially launch this weekend at October 26, 2013 as part of World Health Clinician’s LGBT wellness event (being held from 12-5PM at 618 West Ave, Norwalk, CT).

As Evans put it, “Regardless of our HIV status we are equally valuable human beings.”

Check out a video featuring Mackenroth, Evans and other “HIV Equal” supporters AFTER THE JUMP…

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