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A local school district ended class a day early for the Thanksgiving holiday because over 20% of the students were out sick with a bug. When Ebola his several West African nations, it spread like wildfire, infecting almost entire families and villages, resulting a high number of fatalities.

It seems that the ‘me too’ phenomenon will have a similar effect in the worlds of entertainment and politics. The epidemic began in the entertainment world and has not reached Washington politics.

In the latest lurid news, Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) has been trying to explain why a nude photo of him along with lewd text messages suddenly appeared on social media.

Texas Republican Rep. Joe Barton apologized Wednesday after a nude photo and lewd text message supposedly from him surfaced on social media this week.

“While separated from my second wife, prior to the divorce, I had sexual relationships with other mature adult women,” Barton said in a statement. “Each was consensual. Those relationships have ended.”

Barton, 68, added, “I am sorry I did not use better judgment during those days. I am sorry that I let my constituents down.”

An anonymous account on Twitter earlier this week posted a censored photo of a nude man and suggested it was Barton. The account also tweeted a screenshot of a text message from “Joe B” using strongly sexual language…

For several years, everyone has been warned about sending any kind of inappropriate photo or text message to anyone because you never know when it will come back to haunt, embarrass and possibly end your career. If you don’t send anything like that, you shouldn’t have anything to worry about, but if you had, you never know who all it’s been shared with and or when it might surface.

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