Sunday, November 19, 2017

What Fresh Hell? for November 18-19, 2017: The Great State of Prayerlabama




November 19 is International Men’s Day, Have A Bad Day Day and World Toilet Day, which pretty much summarizes life under Republican rule at both the state and federal levels.

Let’s begin with some of the Anointed of The Evangelical Republican God’s Tweets In Lieu of Church Attendance:
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The surprise is that the *resident would be surprised. He despises black male teenagers, and just days ago predicted he would not get enough sucking up for his trouble:



Ingratitude is everywhere in today’s conservatism. Mrs Roy Moore summoned one hundred white women to a pep rally for her husband; all insisted he would never do anything like he’s accused of to them.



The one in the middle- she with the welcoming Christianist manner- then gave an interview demonstrating what an idiot who thinks Jesus is rubber stamping her every word sounds like.

The voter, Martha Shiver, attended a “Women for Moore” rally Friday in the state Capitol in Montgomery, and she spoke briefly to MSNBC reporter Vaughn Hillyard.

“Well, I want to let him know that we’re 100 percent behind him, we believe in him and we just don’t really believe in all the slander that’s going on, and we want him to know that we’re 100 percent behind him,” Shiver said.

Hillyard asked if she believed the women who have accused him of pursuing sexual relationships with them when he was a prosecuting attorney in his 30s and they were teenagers, and the reporter asked Shiver whether such relationships were considered more normal back then.

“I think at a young age she may have pushed the issue and she got probably rejected, and now she’s saying that something that I don’t think happened,” Shiver said.

Hillyard again asked the woman if she believed Moore’s accusers.

“I think that they’re out for money, I think they’ve been pushed by the other people to say things that is not true,” Shiver said.

The reporter asked her to identify those people pushing Moore’s accusers to go forward, and the question seemed to catch her completely off-guard.

“Um,” Shiver said, before taking a long pause. “I wouldn’t really like to say that on TV. But I think, really, Luther Strange is probably behind a lot of this. I really don’t trust him, and I just don’t trust him.”

Hillyard asked what the event, where Moore’s wife spoke, was intended to accomplish.

“I believe in Roy Moore, all the way, 100 percent,” Shiver said. “We’re saying a prayer today, and we’re letting him know that this group of people is all for him, and that we’re 100 percent behind him.”


"I personally think he owes us a thank you. Have you noticed you're not hearing too much about Russia?"

I wish Mrses Moore and Shiver could have coffee with Garrison Keillor, who has also noted the fury of the faithful:
The triumph of Judge Roy Moore in Alabama's Republican Senate primary was a ray of sunshine for those of us who'd like to restore stoning to our legal system and remove the curse of profanity once and for all from our country. Scripture is very clear: "Thou shalt not swear." But God's chosen party, the Republican Party, has waffled on this issue, as it has on the issue of adultery and obedience to parents and observance of the Sabbath and the engraving industry. And that is why our country today is on the verge of destruction. The signs are everywhere. Judge Moore is the only man who dares say so. 
In Deuteronomy, God makes it clear that a rebellious child should be brought before the elders and stoned to death. It's there in black and white. We ignore these things at our peril. Establishment Republicans and a great many Christians have adopted the leftist "Let him who is without sin throw the first stone" approach to the law, which would produce utter anarchy -- sinlessness as a requirement for service on a jury -- and Judge Moore of Alabama is a prophet in our time, calling us to return to God's Word. 
Democrats are fine with the Beatitudes -- "Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven" and all that -- but blessing people is no substitute for upholding God's standards, and there are people in spiritual poverty who express that by taking the Lord's name in vain, or by shopping on Sunday, or disobeying their parents, or by coveting their neighbor's wife, and if we don't punish sin, then sin will overrun the nation, as it has done already. That is why Judge Moore is not a Beatitudes guy but a Ten Commandments man. The law is the law. 
"Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image." It couldn't be clearer. And our country is flooded with them. Currency, photo IDs, the Sunday rotogravure, high school yearbooks, television and movies, National Geographic. And the iPhone, an abomination to the Lord. Liberal theologians can try to talk this away but God has made it clear that when you print, or engrave, a picture, you are violating His law. You can draw or paint whatever you'd like, but when you make copies, your soul is in danger. Xerox, beware. 
Judge Moore has taken the high road on the issue of homosexuality. The establishment churches have turned a blind eye, and he has been a voice in the wilderness. But that is only one evil and there are a host of them, profanity being one of the most prevalent and insidious. 
We have weapons we can use in the war against profanity, if we choose to use them. The very same algorithms that produce graven images on iPhones can be reversed and used to detect cursing anywhere nearby. The phone can be programmed to sound an alarm and to send powerful electrical currents into the body of the malefactor and render him or her inert and insensate so that he or she can be handed over to the elders for stoning. Your establishment Republicans believe in light stoning, using handfuls of gravel, but Scripture is clear about this: we must use rocks so that the stoning results in death. 
If we create stoning grounds in the centers of our cities and we publicly execute those who are guilty of rebelliousness, adultery, engraving, shopping on Sunday and cursing, you will see America become great again, assuming you are not one who will be executed. 
Let us be honest here. There are too many people in this country. You know it and I know it. When we reduce the excess population by stoning and become a nation of 10 or 15 million, this country will be a paradise. You'll be able to drive and not languish in traffic. No waiting for tee times. Our enemies will be gone, all of them, bonked to death, and we will gain their homes and their wives and their cleaning ladies. It will be perfect.
At Crooked Timber, reviewing the new edition of Corey Robin’s book on modern American right-wingery, John Holbo considered the rages of the right this weekend:

It’s classic to say conservatism isn’t so much a philosophy (we don’t do blueprints!) as an even-keeled temperament. Conservative philosophy is mellowed by mature attachment to the way things are. It is anchored by deep roots, not blow-away paper plans. Think Oakeshott, “Rationalism In Politics”. The problem is that this is just wildly false. A penchant for conservative political philosophy is, to a very noteworthy degree, negatively correlated with the temperament that is supposed to be its hallmark. From Burke to Maistre, all down the line – Kirk and Buckley, take your pick – we really have a bunch of excitable types, romantics, remnantistas, lost cause nostalgists, rebels, oddball outsiders, hothead eccentrics, ideologists, inky pamphleteers and all-around oozers of the fanaticism of the convert until it slicks every surface in sight.

Conservatives think the Ticktockman has taken over, so they go all Harlequin. (If Everett C. Marm could have stayed home with Pretty Alice, lived a nice, quiet life, he might have. But that wasn’t really an option by that point.)

It sounds weird but it’s true by the numbers. G.K. Chesterton. Huge favorite of mine, as you’ve probably noticed. (Robin never quotes him. That’s a damn shame. He could be Exhibit A.) The story is always same: to journey in a circle and know home as a magical place for the first time. Very conservative theme. Meanwhile, every protagonist is a chaos farmer, and that’s Chesterton all over. Least. Even. Keel. Ever.

I’m saying it nine different ways, so why stop now? Conservatives are supposed to be the ones who, unlike leftists, don’t think all of life should be politics. Conservatives are supposed to have healthy work-life balance. But, if you actually just look and see – I thoroughly recommend the exercise! – conservatives tend to be utterly convicted that the personal is political. They blame the other side for making it so. But there just wasn’t ever a moment where there was, as it were, healthy conservative political philosophy, recognizable as such, and then leftists attacked and it got personal. Conservativism as philosophy is what happens only after leftist politics gets intolerably but unavoidably personal in the sense that it is felt to threaten some or other private hierarchy of power that rightfully should stand as a rock against it. Conservatives are born pissed, not placid.


And, as Josh Moon, an Alabama journo, wrote of another Moore “presser” the other day,

The Roy Moore saga has jumped the shark.

The exact moment this thing became too absurd for even Alabama is hard to pinpoint, but it definitely occurred during Thursday’s 20-person condescension-fest and press preachin’. Probably around the time they welcomed to the stage “The Activist Mommy blogger,” a middle-aged mother of 10 from Ohio whose expertise in Alabama political issues stems, apparently, from writing hateful things on a blog.

That was a wrap for me.

We’re officially at an impasse in this Roy Moore scandal.

Oh, sure, there will be more women who step forward with allegations — and maybe worse — but there is no ground to be made up either way.

Either you think Roy Moore is a holy Christian warrior sent by God himself to save this nation from destruction at the hands of equality and children’s healthcare, or you think that Moore is a self-involved, egotistical fruitcake who had a Wooderson-level affinity for high school girls.

There’s no middle ground anymore.

Thursday’s press conference, which was the equivalent of two hours of Moore supporters sticking their fingers in their ears and screaming “lalalalalala,” proved that much if nothing else.

Actually, let me correct one thing, because it 100 percent was NOT a press conference.

It was a Bible-off between a bunch of glory-seeking evangelists-for-hire, who spent 100 minutes coming up with insulting and demeaning ways to dismiss the claims of sexual abuse and inappropriate behavior that have been aimed at Moore.

That included one woman — and you’ll have to forgive me, but I didn’t catch the name of her blog — who announced that she only wanted to focus on “facts,” and then proceeded to state that the signature in Moore’s accuser’s yearbook was “obviously fake.”

Because of course it is.

Leigh Corfman, the woman who accused Moore of molesting her when she was 14 and he was 32, got no break, either. You would think a bunch of holy people might be slowed by claims of sex abuse against a child. But you would be wrong. They went right at her, with one speaker saying, erroneously, that Corfman’s mother called her a liar and with several others casting a wide net of doubt on any allegation made by Corfman or the other eight women.

But the attacks didn’t stop there.  

There were lots of shots at gay people and transgenders. Communists — and who knew we had so many — didn’t fare well. The media was full of fake news. Swamps were in need of draining. And everyone who has ever said a bad thing about Roy Moore was, of course, anti-Christian. That includes John McCain and Mitch McConnell, according to one guy.

This was not exactly a homegrown event, either.

One of the speakers was from Missouri. Another from North Carolina. Two from Ohio. One from Colorado.

This did not deter any of them from demanding that Alabama voters not be swayed by outside influences. I’m not sure I’ve witnessed a more complete display of community cognitive dissonance in my life.

It was all just so … pathetic. This room full of condescending, self-righteous bigots who profess to carry the word of a man who decried such hatefulness and division, all hired to stand before a microphone and say nice things about a man who may or may not have tried to rape a 14-year-old.

And here’s the worst part: That pathetic display will go over well with Moore’s base ultra-Christian supporters.

They don’t care about the facts or the details contained within those “fake news” Washington Post stories or the “lying” accusers who are only doing this because “Bernie Bernstein” from the Washington Post offered them $7,000 for damaging info on Moore.

Roy Moore and his cult are back on their political island, where they feel most comfortable. It’s them against the world — their faux Christian soldier leading them into battle against the forces of evil.

It doesn’t matter to them that none of this makes sense. Like when Moore refused to answer questions because no one was asking him about policy. This same guy has spent the last three months — after he admitted during a radio interview that he didn’t know what DACA is — dodging all requests for interviews and failing to respond to numerous questions about specific policy issues.

And not for nothing, but Moore also refused to debate his challenger, Doug Jones, because — and this is mindboggling — he and Jones have views that are too different. I sort of thought that was the point.

But his people don’t care. Roy Moore’s going to roll towards Dec. 12 with his base of supporters and see if it’s enough to win.

And no truth, honor or common decency is going to deter them.


In The Swamp- still fetid and full to overflowing- the *resident’s flat-earthers have been flooding the zone, filling the Sunday talk shows with talking points to take the heat off The White House’s selective condemnations. The best- and most improbable source- was out of Budget Director Mick Mulvaney:




Mulvaney: Moore Accusations ‘Credible’ But ‘I Don’t Know Who To Believe’



John Pavlovitz, the outspoken North Carolina minister, knows who to believe- and who not:

It’s hard to imagine a greater illustration of Christians losing the plot than when they defend predators. There are few bastardizations of the life and the message of Jesus, as complete and grievous as taking the side of rapists and pedophiles and genitalia grabbers—but this is where we are now. With the Evangelicals embracing Donald Trump and with those now rallying to the defense of Roy Moore, this is what we’re watching in America: the least of these being thrown to the wolves by the supposed shepherds.

In dog-and-pony, Bible-waving press conferences, in Scripture-affixed social media endorsements, and in pulpit-pounding Sunday sermons, we’re seeing professed people of Jesus willfully protecting the monsters, heaping shame on the accusers, ascribing virtue to their offenders—and passing it all off as redemptive, as something of God.


As the sending out of thoughts and prayers has become a more and more automatic response to the traumas of our day, a backlash has developed. And no wonder. After the massacre in Las Vegas, in which 58 people were killed and more than 500 wounded by one gunman in less than ten minutes, politicians lined up to say that now was not the time to rethink gun laws. It was, rather, a time for thoughts and prayers. This response to gun violence has become so routinized that the phrase “thoughts and prayers” has its own Wikipedia entry, which explains that thoughts and prayers are frequently offered in lieu of taking meaningful action.

The world is, after all, a place filled with evil against which our only defenses are hanging judges, for-profit prisons, and Biblically-inspired gun use training:


A man accidentally shot himself and his wife during a discussion on gun safety at a Tennessee church, police say. 

The 81-year-old took out his pistol to show another parishioner amid a talk about recent shootings at places of worship. 

Forgetting the weapon was loaded, he fired a single round, striking himself in the hand and his 80-year-old wife, who was sitting in her wheelchair. 

Both suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said. 

The incident happened on Thursday afternoon as a Bible-study group met for a pre-Thanksgiving lunch at the First United Methodist Church in the town of Tellico Plains. 

A parishioner who only wished to give her first name, Mistin, told the BBC that the congregants had been talking about a Texas church massacre earlier this month. 

"The discussion of guns in churches came up," she said. "Should we have guns in churches, if people carry guns should they bring them to church?" 
She said one of the parishioners mentioned that he carries his pistol with him everywhere.

"Ah say, a chalhood trauma, y'all...."

Saturday, November 18, 2017

In the closet, nobody can see what your family values are.



The Tulsa World:

Former state Sen. Ralph Shortey has agreed to plead guilty to a child sex trafficking offense for offering to pay a 17-year-old boy for sexual "stuff" last March.

In exchange for his guilty plea, U.S. prosecutors have agreed to drop three child pornography counts against him.

His jury trial had been set to begin Dec. 5 in Oklahoma City federal court. He is now scheduled to plead guilty Nov. 30 instead.

By making a deal, Shortey, 35, hopes to avoid being locked up for most of the rest of his life. Still, he will be required to serve at least a 10-year prison term, the mandatory minimum time for child sex trafficking.

The maximum time for the offense is life in prison. U.S. District Judge Timothy DeGiusti will decide the punishment at a sentencing next year.

"It is in my best interest and in the best interest of my family," Shortey wrote on plea paperwork signed Monday. He remains married to his high school sweetheart, his defense attorney said. They have four daughters.

Like his Ohio counterpart, Rep. Wes Goodman, Shortey is a closeted gay Republican who clawed for power by attacking what he himself is.


It's not what they do, but what they say about you, that counts



Nicholas Kristof in The New York Times:

Blue States Practice the Family Values Red States Preach

As we watch Roy Moore thumping his Bible to defend himself from accusations of child molestation, let me toss out a verbal hand grenade: To some degree, liberals practice the values that conservatives preach.

This is complicated terrain with lots of exceptions, and the recent scandals involving Harvey Weinstein, Louis C.K. and Al Franken underscore that liberals can be skunks as much as anyone else. Yet if one looks at blue and red state populations as a whole, it’s striking that conservatives champion “family values” even as red states have high rates of teenage births, divorce and prostitution. In contrast, people in blue states don’t trumpet these family values but often seem to do a better job living them.

According to the Youth Risk Behavior Survey of 32 states, those with the highest percentage of high school students who say they have had sex are Mississippi, Delaware, West Virginia, Alabama and Arkansas. All but Delaware voted Republican in the last presidential election.

Meanwhile, the five states with the lowest proportion of high school students who have had sex were New York, California, Maryland, Nebraska and Connecticut. All but Nebraska voted Democratic.

When evangelical kids have sex, they’re less likely to use birth control — and that may be a reason (along with lower abortion rates) that red states have high teen birthrates.

Nine of the 10 states with the highest teen birthrates voted Republican in 2016. And nine of the 10 states with the lowest teen birthrates voted Democratic.

“Red regions of the country have higher teen pregnancy rates, more shotgun marriages and lower average ages at marriage and first birth,” Naomi Cahn and June Carbone wrote in their important 2010 book, “Red Families v. Blue Families.”

The liberal impulse may be to gloat: Those conservatives thunder about “family values” but don’t practice them. But there’s also perhaps a measure of hypocrisy in the blue states. As Cahn and Carbone put it: “Blue family values bristle at restrictions on sexuality, insistence on marriage or the stigmatization of single parents. Their secret, however, is that they encourage their children to simultaneously combine public tolerance with private discipline, and their children then overwhelmingly choose to raise their own children within two-parent families.”

Liberals, in other words, may be wary of strict moral codes, but they want to make damn sure that their own kids don’t have babies while in high school. It helps that they believe in comprehensive sex education and reliable birth control.

The conservative hostility to premarital sex also sometimes leads to early weddings, even to child marriages. I wrote in May about the hundreds of thousands of child marriages in America, and of the dozen states with the highest rates of child marriage, all voted Republican in 2016.

“Child marriage is happening at an alarming rate across the U.S., but available marriage-license data show more parents, judges and clerks in red states than in blue states seem comfortable with this human-rights abuse,” said Fraidy Reiss, founder of Unchained at Last, a nonprofit that fights child marriage.

Divorce rates show a similar pattern: They tend to be higher in red states than in blue states, with Arkansas highest of all. “Individual religious conservatism is positively related to individual divorce risk,” according to a 50-state study reported in the American Journal of Sociology.

Then there’s adultery and prostitution. One large international survey found that the largest group of customers on Ashley Madison, the dating website for married people, were evangelical Christians. And a major 2013 study found that men in the Houston and Kansas City metro areas were the most likely to call sex ads, while men in San Francisco and Baltimore were the least likely to.

Yet it’s complicated, and there is one religious group that is extremely good at living conservative family values: Mormons. Utah stands out for low teen birthrates, low divorce rates and low abortion rates, and it has the highest rate of teenagers living with married, biological parents.

More broadly, conservative values don’t directly lead to premarital sex or divorce. Rather, statistical analysis suggests that religious conservatives end up divorcing partly because they marry early, are less likely to go to college and are disproportionately poor.

So the deeper problem seems to be the political choices that conservatives make, underinvesting in public education and social services (including contraception). This underinvestment leaves red states poorer and less educated — and thus prone to a fraying of the social fabric.

So let’s drop the wars over family values. Liberals and conservatives alike don’t want kids pregnant at 16, and we almost all seek committed marriages that last. It’s worth noting that Bible-thumping blowhards like Roy Moore don’t help achieve those values, while investments in education and family planning do.


“I’m speaking with myself, number one, because I have a very good brain and I’ve said a lot of things...I know words, I have the best words. I have the best, but there is no better word than stupid.”



Trump, breaking with precedent, will not meet with American Nobel recipients

Friday, November 17, 2017

What Fresh Hell? for November 17, 2017: Like good conspiracy theorists, we connect the dots linking Roy Moore with Congressman Mark Foley, Mary Kay LeTourneau, Josh Duggar, Tony Perkins, George Wallace, Flip Benham and his twins, Alan Keyes, and others besides.



This morning, I corresponded with a prominent Alabama attorney who reviewed the filings in Nelson’s 1999 divorce case. Based on those filings, the attorney insisted, Moore’s claims in the open letter are “completely disingenuous.” Nelson, this attorney told me, “was never before Moore,” since the divorce was not litigated. Rather, as court documents show, the divorce was filed, continued, and then dismissed. “These are all unilateral actions by the lawyer for the plaintiff,” the attorney went on. “A lawyer for the other side never even appeared. It is doubtful that these documents were even given to Nelson.” In any case, the attorney told me, Moore, whose signature is only on the motion for dismissal—not the original filing or motion to continue—had no actual discretion over the case.

“When an agreed motion to dismiss is filed, Moore would have no discretion and have to sign,” the attorney continued. “Most likely, he never even looked at the parties’ names and Beverly had a different last name by then anyway.” The attorney concluded, “Moore’s lawyer’s statement that Beverly Nelson was before Moore in court and never objected to this circumstance was a lie.”
As ThinkProgress noted earlier today, the claim that Moore made in his statement was reiterated by his attorneys on Wednesday evening. “As it turns out, in 1999, Ms. Nelson filed a divorce action against her then-husband, Mr. Harris,” the lawyer Phillip Jauregui said at a press conference. “Guess who that case was before? It was filed in Etowah County, and the judge assigned was Roy S. Moore, circuit judge of Etowah County. There was contact.” ThinkProgress reviewed the case file, and concluded that there was no contact.

Nelson’s divorce attorney, Rodney Ward, still practices in Gadsden. He concurred with this attorney’s analysis of Nelson’s divorce case. “I reviewed my file, and there was no hearing set in front of Judge Moore,” Ward told me this morning. “Looking at a copy of the order, it looks like Moore didn’t sign it. It looks like it was stamped by his assistant.” Had Beverly Nelson known who the presiding judge was, Ward went on, “my client would have filed a motion to have the judge recuse himself, to have a different judge appointed. So I don’t even think she knew who the judge was. It was only, like, sixty days from the time the divorce was filed to the time it was dismissed. Maybe ninety.” Ward concluded, “If Moore is claiming that she appeared in front of him, I do not believe that’s true.”

Hannity, meanwhile, seemed satisfied with Moore’s letter.


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Democrat Doug Jones has an 8-point lead over embattled Republican Roy Moore in the Alabama special Senate election, according to a new poll released Thursday that shows voters are equally divided on the accusations of sexual misconduct against the GOP nominee.


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Yesterday’s spite rally for Roy continues to reverberate as the guest list becomes known. For a pol who rejects outsiders’ telling him what to do, it’s interesting that 19 of 20 speakers in his two-hour hatefest were from out of state.


Among them, lunatic fringer Alan Keyes, who-after losing a 2004 Senate race to a guy called Obama,  sought the Republican, Libertarian and Constitution Party nominations for president in 2008 and lost them all. Roy Moore, btw, flirted with the Constitution Party ticket in 2004. It’s the rump of the late Alabama segregationist’s 1968 vehicle, the American Independent Party (a later standard bearer was CA Congressman John G. Schmitz, whose daughter, Mary Kay LeTourneau, is another famous hebephile).




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White House: Only men who admit to sexual assault should be investigated for it

The administration stands by Trump's claim that all of his accusers are liars.



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Another zany proved how delusional gay Republicans are imagining acceptance by their party:


“We will be so marginalized, and ‘marginalized’ probably doesn’t even capture it. You can already see how hated we are. He has stood so strongly for the Ten Commandments and marriage between a man and a woman. The reason Drudge is so dreadful toward Moore is because Matt Drudge is a homosexual.” – American Family Association radio host Sandy Rios, doubtlessly referring to yesterday’s “JUDGE WHORE” headline on the Drudge Report.




A Minnesota state lawmaker is under fire for a tweet and subsequent apology that both personally attack a newly minted member of the Minneapolis City Council for being transgender.

Tuesday night, Andrea Jenkins became the first trans woman of color elected to a city’s governing body, winning a seat on the Minneapolis City Council. State Rep. Mary Franson responded Wednesday morning by tweeting, “A guy who thinks he’s a girl is still a guy with a mental health condition.” The tweet has since been deleted.

Thursday night, Franson issued an “apology,” wherein she reiterated her belief that no one can change their gender and refused “to go along with fantasy and participate in it”:

There are times I don’t practice kindness. For that I am sorry. While I do believe that one can’t change their gender based on their feelings, I didn’t need to tweet out my thoughts. God created man and woman but then sin entered the world and disrupted his perfect plan. He then sent His one and only son, Jesus, to take away our sins and to restore a broken relationship with God. I should have shown grace and not come across the way I did. For that I apologize. I do not apologize for not conforming to the PC world where I’m supposed to go along with fantasy and participate in it. This isn’t the first time I’ve offended the social justice warriors and it won’t be the last.


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The GOP’s insistence on sexual orthodoxy causes eruptions in all sorts of ways. Josh Dugger, incest-loving spawn of Arkansas pol Jim Bob and his broodmare, leveraged a big policy job at Family Research Council to troll for whores online and go selfies with GOP presidential candidates.


Now it emerges that the Ohio family values legislator who got popped in a Far From Heaven office scene was also on Tony Perkins’ payroll, and was gay as a maypole, in a creepy, Congressman Mark Foley way (Foley is an apt exemplar of GOP sexual eccentricities: “Moore could agree to step down if elected, and allow the seat to be temporarily filled by Alabama’s Republican governor. This would be similar to the “punch Foley for Joe” campaign that Republican Joe Negron ran in 2006. After Congressman Mark Foley (R-FL) left office due to an underage sexting scandal, Negron was unable to get his name on the ballot to replace Foley. So Negron urged his supporters to cast a vote for Foley in order to effectively leave the seat open for Negron. (It didn’t work; Democrat Tim Mahoney was elected to fill the seat.)”).




Rep. Wes Goodman turns out to be a true Foleyist:


On a fall evening two years ago, donors gathered during a conference at a Ritz-Carlton hotel near Washington to raise funds for a 31-year-old candidate for the Ohio legislature who was a rising star in evangelical politics.

Hours later, upstairs in a hotel guest room, an 18-year-old college student who had come to the event with his parents said the candidate unzipped his pants and fondled him in the middle of the night. The frightened teenager fled the room and told his mother and stepfather, who demanded action from the head of the organization hosting the conference.

“If we endorse these types of individuals, then it would seem our whole weekend together was nothing more than a charade,” the stepfather wrote to Tony Perkins, president of the Council for National Policy.

“Trust me . . . this will not be ignored nor swept aside,” replied Perkins, who also heads the Family Research Council, a prominent evangelical activist group. “It will be dealt with swiftly, but with prudence.”

That “rising star” was former Ohio state Rep. Wes Goodman, who resigned this week after being caught having sex with a man in his office.