Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Sunday, November 26, 2017
I found this horrifying list via Reddit while reading this morning. I spent a few minutes reading up on cases I did not know about. Again… horrifying
- Republican anti-abortion activist Howard Scott Heldreth is a convicted child rapist in Florida.
- Republican County Commissioner David Swartz pleaded guilty to molesting two girls under the age of 11 and was sentenced to 8 years in prison.
- Republican judge Mark Pazuhanich pleaded no contest to fondling a 10-year old girl and was sentenced to 10 years probation.
I’m looking for a corresponding list of Democratic offenders. I’ll post that when I find it.
Saturday, November 25, 2017
This is one of the first things I read this morning. It made me smile.
The Atheist Alliance in Spartanburg collects items for the homeless throughout the month.They have an Amazon wish list. Please donate if you can. I did.
They meet on the third Saturday of every month and donate what they have collected to about 100 homeless people.
- via The Independent
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Joe Barton, a Republican congressman representing Texas’s 6th district, was recently caught out in a dick-pick scandal. He apologized and claimed the relationship was conceptual. Whenever I hear the words Congressman and Republican tied to a sexual controversy, I ask, is he a Christian? In this case, the answer is yes. Joe Barton is a Methodist. My next question is always the same, were Joe Barton’s behaviors consistent with the baseline standard for a Christian? In this case, the answer is obviously no. I don’t think premarital sex and dick-picks meet the standard.
- “I want you soo bad. Right now. Deep and hard.”
- “Wind is a finite resource and harnessing it would slow the winds down, which would cause the temperature to go up."
…women in Christian communities were being told to endure or forgive domestic violence, and stay in abusive relationships, often due to misappropriation of Bible verses on submission.
- via ABC News
Monday, November 20, 2017
I look for signs that we are, as a people and a nation, getting better despite Trumpism and rampant Evangelical hypocrisy. I look, but I find the opposite. I find the we choose ugliness and hate, like in Atlanta where the city closed a homeless shelter and then started ticketing people for feeding the newly dispossessed homeless. Or in Denver, were the police take blankets and tents from homeless people. Or in San Diego where the homeless must move each Monday or face arrest.
Last week at a party, I listed to a married couple I’ve know for 20 years describe the horror of homeless people invading their community. They live in Newport Beach on the beach. A privilege known by few in my circle. I described being hassled by the police for feeding an old lady near where I work. A friend described feeding the homeless of Santa Anna. My privileged friends described working to push the homeless from their community. They chided me for feeding an old lady, saying, “It encourages homelessness.” It made me shiver. I took it as a sign of the pending apocalypse.
Sunday, July 30, 2017
I can’t listen to Tomi Lahren. I tried once, but her rhetoric left me feeling dirty. I must admit, I loath this particular conservative pundit. I had long suspected that she was a hypocrite and now we have the proof. Tomi Lauren is still on her parents’ health insurance. Pft!
Monday, April 10, 2017
Is nothing safe? Apparently Indonesian artist Adrian Syaf snuck some anti-Christian and Jew messages into X-Men Gold #1.
I think the Independent got it wrong though. They characterize the protests as Indonesian when they should say Indonesian hard-line muslim protests. They don’t like the mayor because he’s a Christian. Seems a little bigoted and anti-democratic to me.
Sunday, April 09, 2017
I found two new news sources this morning. One is a post on Reddit about the arrest of 33 clergy over the past month. I had read most of these stories by other means, but it was nice to find them all listed in one place. The other source was also on Reddit; a subreddit called r/Pastor/Arrested. It’s a frightening collection of hypocrites.
Read and upvote!
Saturday, April 08, 2017
According to that document, Mr. Jenkins took the girl, identified by the FBI as Juvenile No. 1, to a Red Roof Inn in Toledo on “at least two occasions,” including once after Mr. Jenkins had pressured the girl to find an acquaintance for a shared sexual act and she complied. Source: Toledo Pastor, 2nd man accused of sex with teen.
Thursday, April 06, 2017
Youth pastor Charlie Mabern Hamrick (54) was arrested and charged with over 40 counts of capital sexual abuse of children under the age of 12 and other heinous charges. The abuse spanned decades. Hamrick was a youth pastor at Pine Forest United Methodist Church in Pensacola, lead a youth group as a volunteer at Harvest Christian Center in Cantonment and was a football coach at Tate High School in Pensacola.
The stories of his abuse are disturbing…
- Hamrick allegedly told the boy to grab his erect penis, saying it was the safest way to ride (an ATV).
- Hamrick used educational video sessions with groups of boys to introduce videos featuring explicit scenes of sex and male masturbation.
- Hamrick gave unlicensed youth physicals which included examining genitalia.
- Hamrick took a boy home from his youth group and molested him under a blanket while his wife was in the room.
There is a thread of religious enablement in the stories too. Apparently the abuse was reported when Hamrick was caught in the act of abuse and the church promised he would not work with children again.
Crowley (Bows out)
Puzder (Bows out)
I’m thinking Flynn will end up in prison. Sessions will resign. Nunes will go down in flames at his next election. I’m not sure about Manafort.