Wednesday, January 24, 2018

‘Don’t ever preach to me again!’: Ex-GOP chair tells evangelicals who still support Trump to ‘shut the hell up!’

Mod: The President of the United States paid a six figure hush money bribe to a porn star that he had repeatedly propositioned for sex? Right around the time his third wife had given birth to his fifth child? Tell me, is America getting greater yet?

‘Don’t ever preach to me again!’: Ex-GOP chair tells evangelicals who still support Trump to ‘shut the hell up!’ (Raw Story link): Former Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele blasted Family Research Council president Tony Perkins for giving President Donald Trump a “mulligan” on paying hush money to former adult film star.

“When it comes down to giving Trump a pass, some top evangelical leaders are turning a blind eye to his past discretions and came to his defense following recent reports about his alleged affair with adult film star Stormy Daniels,” news host Chris Matthews explained.

“I have very simple admonition: just shut the hell up and don’t preach to me about anything ever again,” Steele suggested.

“After telling me who to love, what to believe, what to do and what not to do and now you sit back and the prostitutes don’t matter, the grabbing the you-know-what doesn’t matter, the outright behavior and lies don’t matter, just shut up!” Steele blasted.

“They have no voice of authority anymore for me,” Steele concluded.

‘Trump Was Merely Sharing The Gospel With That Porn Star,’ Explains Jim Bakker (The Babylon Bee link): Squashing accusations that President Trump had a sexual encounter with porn star “Stormy Daniels” while he was married to Melania, televangelist Jim Bakker explained to his audience Friday that he had confirmed that Trump was merely scheduling private time with the woman in a hotel suite in order to share with her the good news of Jesus Christ, as he had become acquainted with her and was very concerned that she was not a Christian.

“It is preposterous to assert that a virtuous believer like Mr. Trump would cheat on his beautiful wife so callously, and while their child was only months old,” a solemn Bakker said into the camera as colorful balloons provided a backdrop for some reason.

“He was so concerned with the eternal state of Miss Daniels’ soul that he scheduled some alone time with just the two of them, so he could share with her how Jesus Christ had changed his life and how He could also save her from her sins.”

Nearly choking up with tears, Bakker went on to explain how much he loves and looks up to Trump as a model saint.

“Our president even arranged through his attorney to give this woman $130,000 in an attempt to help rescue her from the destructive adult film industry and get her life back on track. What a man of God!”

The televangelist ended his broadcast by wagering that there were probably “many, many more” sex-industry workers like Daniels who could tell a similarly inspiring story about President Trump.

Gerson: Trump evangelicals have lost their gag reflex (GazetteXtra link): Billy Graham has been one of the most visible, respected and influential Christians in the world since the 1950s. But he often had a blind spot when it came to politics.

Graham was Richard Nixon’s golfing buddy and spiritual adviser. He was there to pray with Nixon after every victory and loss. And Nixon consulted him on everything from his vice presidential pick to the conduct of the Vietnam War.

It must have been a heady experience. “Nixon showed his friendliness to me in many personal ways,” Graham later recalled. “He came to our home on the mountain. He often referred to the pineapple tea my mother served him when he visited her. ... In our games of golf together, he was always willing to coach me. ... He remembered birthdays.” In Graham’s view, Nixon was “a modest and moral man with spiritual sensitivity.” He “held such noble standards of ethics and morality for the nation.”

Graham was in denial about Watergate until the last. When he finally read through the Watergate tape transcripts—including profanity, political corruption, lying, racism and sexism—Graham remembers becoming physically ill. He said later of Nixon: “I wonder whether I might have exaggerated his spirituality in my own mind.” Graham’s biographer William Martin quotes a close Graham associate who is more blunt: “For the life of me, I honestly believe that after all these years, Billy still has no idea of how badly Nixon snookered him.”

We can now look back on such gullibility with nostalgia. Billy Graham had the alibi of self-deception. But Franklin Graham, Jerry Falwell Jr., Robert Jeffress and Donald Trump’s other evangelical advocates have no such excuse. They have made their political bargain with open eyes.

Trump has made profanity an unavoidable part of our political culture. He is in the midst of a gathering corruption scandal that has left close aides under indictment. He tells repeated and obvious lies. He incites ethnic and racial resentment as a political strategy and was caught on tape bragging about sexual assault. Add to this something that could never be said of Nixon: The credible accusation that Trump paid hush money to a porn star to cover up an affair.


And what is Franklin Graham’s reaction? “We certainly don’t hold him up as the pastor of this nation and he is not. But I appreciate the fact that the president does have a concern for Christian values, he does have a concern to protect Christians whether it’s here at home or around the world, and I appreciate the fact that he protects religious liberty and freedom.”

“A concern for Christian values.” I imagine there is considerable presidential stroking behind such a pronouncement—the current equivalent of remembering birthdays and pineapple tea. But Graham’s argument is as crudely political as it gets. Since Trump has delivered the goods on protecting Christians, evangelicals should give him the benefit of every doubt on moral matters, even when such doubts are absurdly transparent ploys.

The level of cynicism here is startling. Some Christian leaders are surrendering the idea that character matters in public life in direct exchange for political benefits to Christians themselves. It is a political maneuver indistinguishable from those performed by business or union lobbyists every day. Only seedier. You scratch my back, I’ll wink at dehumanization and Stormy Daniels. The gag reflex is entirely gone.

From a purely political perspective, the Trump evangelicals are out of their depth. When presented with the binary choice of Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, I can understand a certain amount of anguish.

But that is not a reason to become sycophants, cheerleaders and enablers. Politics sometimes presents difficult choices. But that is not an excuse to be the most easily manipulated group in American politics.

The problem, however, runs deeper. Trump’s court evangelicals have become active participants in the moral deregulation of our political life. Never mind whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is of good repute.

Some evangelicals are busy erasing bright lines and destroying moral landmarks. In the process, they are associating evangelicalism with bigotry, selfishness and deception. They are playing a grubby political game for the highest of stakes: the reputation of their faith.

Not long after Watergate broke, a chastened Billy Graham addressed a conference in Switzerland, warning that an evangelist should be careful not “to identify the Gospel with any one particular political program or culture,” and adding, “this has been my own danger.” The danger endures.

Stormy Daniels Granted Official Status As First Pornstar (Breaking Burgh link): Adult actress Stormy Daniels is now to be officially known as First Pornstar, after a pro forma procedural vote was taken in both Houses of Congress today.

The title is a result of the invocation of the little-known 28th Amendment of the United States Constitution, which states: “A consort of the President who is a sex worker and not otherwise bound to him shall be known as First Concubine, or by whatever is the most appropriate parlance of the day.”

Though the role comes without a federal salary, Daniels can use the title when on tour, receive Secret Service protection, and, per local protocol, enjoy full diplomatic status anytime she visits France.

French President Emmanuel Macron was the first international leader to convey his nation’s congratulations: “We French have always had a relaxed attitude towards the infidelities of our leaders and mocked you Americans for being so uptight about it. But clearly you have relaxed. Boy how you have relaxed.”

Vladimir Putin also sent his best wishes directly to the First Pornstar:“I have enjoyed the tapes I have of you so much, just as I enjoy all my tapes featuring the current President of the United States.”

Mod: OK, so here's one thing that I am pretty certain about. Donald Trump is not what your mom and dad might have called a conservative.

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45 comments:

  1. School Shooting in Kentucky Is Nation’s 11th of Year. It’s Jan. 23.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/23/us/kentucky-school-shooting.html

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  2. That affair is just more fake news. Never happened but it is something juicy for the hate Trump crowd. Let's see now. Russian collusion fell apart. Trump having dementia fell apart. So latest one is Trump having affair with porn star. Start thinking up something new. Meanwhile Trump continues to change country for the better.

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    1. Fake comment.

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    2. Trump find Obama’s Kenya birth certificate yet?

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    3. Hello 6:36, look at 6:07 comments. 11 shootings already this year. Is that making America great again, or making the evil NRA more powerful again???

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    4. FBI investigating whether Russian money went to NRA to help Trump
      http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article195231139.html

      Traitors all.

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    5. 6:36 is having a stormy day.

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  3. Evangelicals think Trump's screwing around on his wife is an OK thing. I guess the belief is if it's OK for Evangelical Preachers, it's OK for Trump.

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    1. The pope ain't so popey anymore either, is he?

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    2. I don't recall the Pope absolving Donald for sinning with a porn star.

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    3. naaah... just the men who play with boys...

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    4. Oh, now. Religious gentlemen of all religious persuasions are drawn to that sort of thing.

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  4. It looks like the former seminary student Michael Steele has had quite enough of Trump evangelicals.

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  5. “Preposterous” describes Bakker’s far-fetched justification for Donald the Stupid’s tryst with Stormy Daniels.
    A more appropriate word would be “whore-ific”

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    1. It does look like that $120,000 failed to save Stormy from a life of sin.

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    2. Stormy is currently on a red state strip show tour. President Trump's image is clearly seen on the publicity posters. The come on is you will get to see the same things he did.

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    3. If I want to see plastic I can open the lid to my recycling bin

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    4. Stormy Daniels, Trump's alleged former mistress, performs at South Carolina strip club - A former porn star who allegedly had an affair with President Trump, kicked off her "Make America Horny Again" tour Saturday on the anniversary of the president's inauguration. Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, told InTouch magazine in 2011 that her alleged affair with Trump started in July 2006. On Saturday night, and early Sunday, Daniels, performed in Greenville, S.C. at the Trophy Club. According to theWashington Post, the Trophy Club's promotional flier promised regulars and newcomers a chance to see Daniels in a way the president allegedly has.

      “He saw her live,” the flier said. “You can too!”

      https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2018/01/22/stormy-daniels-trumps-alleged-former-mistress-performs-south-carolina-strip-club/1053087001/

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  6. Russian Infiltration of 'Various Religious Groups' - 'There Has Been a Lot of That'
    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2018/01/23/russian-infiltration-various-religious-groups-lot/#GYJ4iirjD1my3f3e.99

    Does explain all the Trumpy butt kissing.

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  7. There seems to be a lot this is morally wrong with this "Russian" bought president d.j.t. so the 'First' is that he is a repugnant piece of meat and the world should know him for what he is ' 7th son of the 7th son' of a hoe, that runs his own concubine of hoes.

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    1. Is ‘hoe’ short for ‘honey’?

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    2. I think it is a gardening tool.

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  8. I used to wonder if Michael Steele resented being the GOP's Black Friend. Forget about Ben Carson - he doesn't know if he's been punched, reamed or gored. MS seemed to have at least some self-awareness, and he always struck me as much more of an Olde Tyme Republican who actually believed in "true" conservative values than the pack of rabid wolverines he "led". The kind of opposition with whom you could at least have civil discourse. Perhaps that impression wasn't so far off as it sometimes appeared.

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    1. I saw Steele on CSPAN addressing a group of political interns and he was impressive. That was several weeks ago. When one youngster asked him about the GOP's moral authority, clearly hoping Steele could tell them how to bolster it and use it, he burst out, "Oh HELL no!" Then he went on a righteous rant saying pretty much what you just quoted here. Michael Steele has zero anything left to give that morally bankrupt party. He is truly small-c conservative. When talking about his political and social philosophy, he gave a bit of his autobiography. Straight out of college he went into Roman Catholic seminary to study for the priesthood (Governor Jerry Brown also studied for the priesthood). He talked about what the vows he took really meant in relationship to other human beings, and it was all about that relationship and compassion toward others. How he ended up a Republican I do not know, but he sure is not one any more. Steele and others who have given up on the GOP in the past several years have not only earned my respect, but have taught me something about myself, and that is a recognition that I may judge too quickly and without enough information.

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  9. Actually, all the fools who getting press just yacking about all this crap all day, is basically just like what occurs on kindergarten playgrounds, except everyone one is older. Just a bunch of kids posing as important doers instead of actually getting useful work done.

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  10. Did anyone see Trump's interview on TV, I forget which channel? The moderator was quizzing him on how he says he reads the Bible "a great book," according to him, asked him to quote one of his favorite passages, scripture. He couldn't come up with anything. What continues to baffle me is the 39% who still approve of him, especially women.

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  11. Don't forget the Library Forum at the YAK tonight at 7 pm. Don't just post here about the evil people who want to move the library - go to the Forum, get informed and get your questions answered.

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  12. Every Evangelical I know back home voted for the mango monster. Odd how they claim to be "Christians", yet they support the dangerous hateful lying misogynist creature.

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    1. The Tealibans have been exposed for the lying hypocrites they always were. They don't give a damn about God, Jesus or morality, it's all about political power to them. They have done more to destroy religion in this country than anything that's ever happened in my long life. I'm glad my evangalistic mom and dad aren't around to see this, I know my mom would be totally appalled.

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  13. Trump and his troops are dividing up the country. Now it's the ministers taking sides to justify his actions. Russia is being successful at dividing this country. I just cant believe they even bring up Hillary and Obama but it gets their followers distracted and cheering so it's still working. When action comes to remove Trump these people will pick up there guns and start shooting, question is how many in the Military will follow? For those who don't know we do have gangs and militia in our armed services but are quiet and controlled at this time. My husband was an officer in the Army and when he told me that I wasn't surprised but did look it up. I just now looked it up again and provide a link if you so choose to read it. This Russian Trump problem is a lot worse than you think.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=are+there+gangs+in+the+united+states+military&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-b-1

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    1. So did your officer husband report his personal knowledge of the existence of gangs and militias to his superiors, Pentagon, DOD, and media? If not, why not?

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  14. "In America's South, armed militias prepare for battle against the Russians, North Korea and even their own government". This is a problem that no one wants to talk about but here is just a tiny example of how serious the division of our country is. Wake up America.

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/2107245/americas-south-armed-militias-prepare-battle-against

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    1. I would contribute to a gofundme campaign to send southern militias to North Korea. Sounds like a great idea.

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  15. For you trumpet troops you know the above is true, no fake news there!

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  16. So your saying the south shall rise again?

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  17. 8:48 back again. 10:51 don't know what he did but it was common knowledge in the 90's. That was one of the reasons he did not stay in and besides money was better for his education in the private sector. Looks like I brought up something that not too many people want to talk about. Stick your head in the sand and you will get your but kicked.

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    1. It’s not too late for your officer husband to report what he knows. Why doesn’t he? Why don’t you?

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    2. There are people in "gangs" everywhere the military is no exception,it's trivial and of no consequence.

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  18. Friends of the Library fits the federal description of a gang. So does SMCC marching band....

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  19. Delicious as it is, the Jim Bakker quote is fake. Let's not have the Tattler be a purveyor of fake news as well.

    https://www.snopes.com/jim-bakker-trump-porn-star/

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    1. It's satire. Obviously.

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    2. 12:58 - so you are aware, so is the last item.

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