Monday, November 20, 2017

Top Evangelical Leader To Roy Moore: Take A Lie Detector Test

Roy Moore

Over the past several days, many in Alabama's evangelical community have stood by embattled GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore.

Some have even said they would support him even if the allegations of sexual misconduct were proved to be true.

Now, Southern Evangelical Seminary president Richard Land has penned an open letter to Roy Moore in the Christian Post, imploring Moore to take a lie detector test to prove his innocence.

I hope and pray that these allegations against you are false and I know in the American justice system you are “innocent until proven guilty.” However, this is not the legal system, but the court of public opinion.

Judge Moore, as a brother in Christ, I implore you, for the sake of your family and your supporters, but even more importantly, for the sake of our Savior and His reputation, to arrange as quickly as possible to take a polygraph test concerning these accusations. I know the results of such a test are not admissible in court, but this is the court of public judgment. I can only tell you if I were in your position and I were innocent of these allegations, I would insist on having a polygraph test administered as soon as possible.

Passing such a test would cause this metastasizing cancer on your candidacy and the damage it is doing to the Christian witness to evaporate instantaneously. There is no defense quite as effective as the truth, especially when it is accompanied by the demonstrable proof of the type a successful polygraph test would irrefutably provide.

Considering the gravity of the allegations against Moore, and the fact that a seat in the U.S. Senate is in play, I think Moore would be wise to do so.

If he's as innocent as he claims, he should submit for a lie detector test immediately.

If I were in his position, I would.

The truly innocent have nothing to fear.

(h/t JoeMyGod)

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Jeffrey Tambor Exits Amazon's "Transparent" Amid Allegations Of Sexual Harassment


Jeffrey Tambor, an Emmy and Golden Globe winner for Amazon's Transparent has announced he will leave the show amid allegations of sexual harassment on the set of the show.

Via Deadline:

Facing two accusations of sexual harassment by members of the Transparent team that he has strongly denied, Jeffrey Tambor today has decided not to return to the Amazon series.

“Playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life,” the Emmy winning actor told Deadline on Sunday. “What has become clear over the past weeks, however, is that this is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago,” Tambor added of his role as the lead on the Jill Soloway created show.

“I’ve already made clear my deep regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being aggressive, but the idea that I would deliberately harass anyone is simply and utterly untrue,” Tambor asserted as well. “Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don’t see how I can return to Transparent.”

While a stunner on one level, this move by Golden Globe winner Tambor comes as the show itself was seemingly gearing up to shuffle him off the show.

As Deadline was first to report on November 14, since the first allegation against Tambor was made by his former assistant and transgender actress Van Barnes earlier this month, there have been discussions about writing the actor’s transgender Maura character out of the show for the upcoming fifth season. With a tiny bit of wiggle room for what may be legal reasons, it seems today that Jeffrey Tambor just made those talks a reality for the writers’ room.

The fourth season of Transparent premiered on September 21.

This Drives Donald Trump Insane


Whatever you do, don't "Share" this post.

I understand it really drives Donald Trump insane ;)

#TrumpLandslideMyAss

News Round-Up: November 19, 2017

(via Instagram)

Some news items you might have missed:

• InstaHunk of the day: Alfred Liebl

• Authorities in Turkey have declared a ban on all LGBT cultural events in the capital of Ankara until further notice to "maintain public order".

• For the comic book geeks (like me): Justice League had a disappointing showing at the box office as the super-hero flick only grossed $96 million domestically in its opening weekend. Compare that to rival Marvel Studios The Avengers which debuted in 2012 raking in a then-record $204.7 million domestically. Justice League earned $185.5 million from 65 markets internationally.

• Anti-LGBT groups continue to stand by embattled Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore despite the heinous allegations of sexual misconduct with teens.

• A British woman who attempted to renege on her agreement to serve as a surrogate mother for a gay couple, wanting to keep the now-18-month-old child, has lost in court. The mother had no biological connection to the child — both men donated sperm paired with an egg from a Spanish donor.

• How about one more from photographer/model Alfred Liebl?

Trump: I Should Have Left UCLA Basketball Players In Chinese Prison For Not Being Grateful Enough


Donald Trump is now miffed he isn't getting the gratitude he feels he deserves from LaVar Ball, the father of UCLA basketball player LiAngelo Ball, one of three athletes released last week by the Chinese government after being jailed for shoplifting in the country.

Trump reportedly reached out on the three students behalf after they were accused of shoplifting a pair of high-end sunglasses while in China.

Before the students could even make a statement upon returning to the U.S., Trump wondered on Twitter if the players would thank him for helping them.



The three players did thank Trump by name at a press conference earlier this week.

But today, Trump is mad the father of one of the players isn't properly grateful. In fact, Trump is so mad, he says he should have left the three Americans in jail in Chine.

Tweeted Trump: “Now that the three basketball players are out of China and saved from years in jail, LaVar Ball, the father of LiAngelo, is unaccepting of what I did for his son and that shoplifting is no big deal. I should have left them in jail!”

















Publicist Says He Used "Hot-Button Language" To "Puff Up" His Email Regarding Russian Lawyer Meeting To Trump Jr.

Donald Trump Jr.
Rob Goldstone, the British publicist who was instrumental in setting up the now infamous meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian government lawyer, now says he used "hot-button language" to "puff up" his email to Trump Jr. in order to get him to respond.

From The Hill:
“I should have listened to that little voice in my head. But I never thought in a million years that an email I wrote in about three minutes to Don Jr. would be examined by the world many times over. I just needed to get him to respond,” Goldstone told The Sunday Times in London.

Goldstone, a former tabloid journalist who is now living in Thailand, is the manager for Emin Agalarov, an Azerbaijani-Russian entertainment artist who has boasted of having a close relationship with President Trump.

“If I’m guilty of anything, and I hate the word guilty, it’s hyping the message and going the extra mile for my clients. Using hot-button language to puff up the information I had been given,” Goldstone said. “I didn’t make up the details, I just made them sound more interesting.”

Goldstone exchanged a series of emails with Trump Jr. in 2016 to set up a meeting with a Russian lawyer who was said to have damaging information on then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

“If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer,” Trump Jr. responded to Goldstone, regarding the meeting.

Goldstone, Trump Jr., White House adviser Jared Kushner and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort all attended the meeting.

Daily Dance: Derek Hough - 'Kairos' Ft. Lindsey Stirling


Exhilarating new dance video from Derek Hough featuring Lindsey Stirling, "Kairos."

Tap, tango, drums, violin and a rain-soaked Derek Hough - who can apparently dance anything.

Watch below.

Former Family Values Ohio Legislator Wes Goodman Had History Of "Predatory Behavior"

Wes Goodman (center)

In the aftermath of disgraced Ohio state Rep. Wes Goodman resignation last week over an "inappropriate" incident in his Ohio office with another man, more revelations have emerged about Goodman's apparent double life as a closeted gay man.

From Cleveland.com:

In public, Wesley Goodman was an up-and-coming conservative who championed pro-family and anti-LGBT causes and aspired to someday run for Congress.

In private, he exchanged salacious texts and emails with gay men he met on Capitol Hill, and sent sexually suggestive messages to young men he met through conservative circles who were too intimidated to publicly complain, according to three people who knew him when he worked in Washington.

Goodman's double life ended this week when he resigned from the Ohio legislature after House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger was alerted to Goodman's involvement in "inappropriate behavior" with a man in his state office in Columbus.

[snip]

Johnny Hadlock, then a staffer for another GOP congressman in Washington, said he met Goodman in 2010. Hadlock said he confided in Goodman that he was a closeted gay man and the two began exchanging text messages.

In an interview with cleveland.com, Hadlock described the messages as sexting and gay banter, and said he engaged in phone sex with Goodman.

"Wes never sexually harassed me -- we both knew what we were doing and we were both fine doing it," Hadlock said.

[snip]

Another conservative with Ohio ties told cleveland.com that Goodman engaged in predatory behavior toward younger men after leaving Jordan's office, sending inappropriate material and propositioning them via text message and Facebook messenger.

The conservative operative said he'd target college kids who wanted to have him as a mentor and were scared to report his sexual advances because they didn't want to damage their own careers.

[snip]

Another former GOP congressional staffer, Chris Donnelly, told cleveland.com that Goodman replied to a Craigslist post on a board for men seeking men, and the two had a sexual encounter in 2008. In a response shown to cleveland.com, an email account using the name Brady Murphey described himself as a "straight/curious" guy who needed to be discreet.

"Maybe we can hang and see what's up, no expectations really," the response said. "But your post seemed cool so let me know bro."

Donnelly said Goodman was "all over Craigslist" and responded to several ads posted by Donnelly and other gay men.

"It became a running joke between me and my gay friends on Capitol Hill," Donnelly said. "It's not like it was some one-off thing."

The Washington Post published a story on Friday that alleged two years ago, at an event headed up by anti-LGBT hate group leader Tony Perkins, Goodman invited an 18 year old to "crash" in his hotel room. When the teen woke up his pants were unbuttoned and Goodman was pulling his zipper down. Perkins apparently helped cover up the incident.

There's really only one scenario where I think it's appropriate to out someone and this is it. When a politician spends his career pushing anti-LGBT policies while privately getting a little something something on the side, that's when it's time to call folks out.

I feel for Goodman's family and friends but this is truly the bed he made.

Journalist Caleb Hull says Goodman practically begged him to have sex with Goodman and/or his wife. Check out screen captures of messages this "family values" guy sent: