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Ruberry in June with man in 1919 White Sox uniform

By John Ruberry

As this decade winds down you can look for many 100th anniversary articles. They’ll be a huge uptick of them next year to mark the centennial of America’s entry into World War I, followed by more on the armistice that concluded “the war to end all wars” in 1918. The execution of the czar and his family, as well as the fall of the Houses of Hohenzollern and Habsburg also occurred that year, events all directly related to World War I.

In 2019 baseball fans will mark 100 years since the Black Sox Scandal, when eight Chicago White Sox players conspired with gamblers to throw, that is, purposely lose the 1919 World Series.

“It never occurred to me that one man could start to play with the faith of fifty million people — with the single-mindedness of a burglar blowing a safe,” F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Nick Carraway remarked about the scandal in The Great Gatsby.

That one man, although given a fictionalized name in Gatbsy, was Arnold Rothstein, the mastermind of the scandal, although one of the few things that historians agree upon is that its genesis came from Charles “Chick” Gandil, the first baseman for the 1919 South Siders.

What does the First World War have to do with Major League Baseball’s most notorious scandal. Plenty. In his book The Betrayal: The 1919 World Series and the Birth of Modern Baseball, Charles Fountain looks back at “the war to end all wars” and goes back much further.

Comiskey statue, US Cellular Field
Comiskey statue, US
Cellular Field

The most famous member of the Black Sox of course was the illiterate–but, as Fountain explains, in no way dumb, left fielder Shoeless Joe Jackson. During the Great War Jackson was one of the baseball players who avoided military service by joining a defense industry factory baseball team where he made perhaps the same, if not more money than he did playing for owner Charles Comiskey’s White Sox. In recreating the setting of early 20th-century baseball, Fountain, a Northeastern University journalism professor, shows that there was plenty of money “out there” for players, as a third circuit, the Federal League, proved in 1914 and 1915 by luring players from the established National and American leagues with more lucrative contracts.

Another way to collect extra cash was to throw games, and Fountain spends an entire chapter on the now largely forgotten Hal Chase, a talented first baseman who was the first homegrown star of the New York Yankees, whom he dubs “the Prince of Fixers.”

There was more gambling cash involved in baseball than ever during World War I, as President Woodrow Wilson’s “work or fight” labor policy inadvertently led to the closing of most horse racing tracks for the duration of the conflict. Money for wagering wasn’t just going to idly sit in gamblers’ wallets until the war ended. While some minor baseball leagues suspended play during the war, the big leagues, despite shortened seasons in 1918 and 1919, were still in business. And so were the gamblers. The war, and Wilson, upset the economic balance of the underworld.

After the Cincinnati Reds won the World Series, or after the South Siders lost it, and despite an investigation by Comiskey that seemed to suggest some White Sox players weren’t playing, as how it was said back then, on-the-square, it would take an unrelated gambling incident for the scandal to break wide open in the final week of the 1920 season, as the White Sox were in a heated pennant race that they would lose to the Cleveland Indians. The fixers almost got away with it. As the eight Black Sox players were exposed, Fountain details the playing out of a longstanding feud between Comiskey and American League president Ban Johnson, one that nearly put the junior circuit out of business with the creation of a new 12-team National League. Of course the two-league majors survived, ruled by a man seemingly removed from the Old Testament, federal Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis.

John "Lee" Ruberry of the Magnificent Seven
John “Lee” Ruberry of the Magnificent Seven

As White Sox left the ranks of baseball’s elite in 1920, modern baseball, the post-dead ball era, began. No one knew it at the time, but the Golden Age of Sports, led by the New York Yankees’ Babe Ruth, had also arrived. Comiskey, who died in 1931, never put another contending team on the field, and the White Sox wouldn’t return to the Fall Classic until 1959–and the South Siders wouldn’t win it all until 2005. But the owner nicknamed “the Old Roman” was still able to cash in on the rollicking Roaring Twenties party; Comiskey Park was expanded in 1927, largely because of Ruth’s transformation of baseball.

Comiskey is treated somewhat sympathetically here, as someone who is more frugal than stingy.

Fountain’s effort succeeds not only as a baseball book but as an historical work. Which means you don’t have to be a fan of the national pastime to enjoy it.

John Ruberry, a lifelong White Sox fan, regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Illinois signBy John Ruberry

On Thursday a federal grand jury indicted former House Speaker Dennis Hastert for breaking banking laws and lying to FBI agents. Prior to his entry into politics, Hastert was a teacher and a state champion wrestling coach at Yorkville High School 50 miles southwest of Chicago. The charges are rooted in a sexual affair with a male student at that school–the over $1 million the man nicknamed “Coach” in Congress was apparently hush money to keep the man quiet.

Amid the reports of the bombshell Hastert indictment was news that legislation authorizing a $500,000 statue of the former speaker for the grounds of the state capitol was introduced earlier this month by state House Speaker Michael Madigan, a Chicago Democrat who is also chairman of the state party. According to AP, Hastert, citing the ongoing state budget crisis, declined the offer. Or more likely, he saw his indictment on the horizon.

Madigan’s proposed 2016 Illinois budget includes a $4 billion deficit–despite constitutional requirements that the state budget must be balanced. But Madigan, who was arguably the most powerful Democrat in state government even when Illinois had a Democratic governor, somehow found money–or maybe he didn’t–to put the Coach in bronze.

Worse, Illinois’ public worker pensions are unfunded by an astounding $110 billion.

Democrats are not serious about cutting spending in Illinois.

As for Hastert, his speakership was of the Illinois-kind. House Republicans who played Denny’s game were rewarded earmarks–and that reckless spending contributed to the end of the GOP majority in the House in 2006.

The Coach also played footsie with Illinois Democrats–and he was a leader in the bi-partisan graft machine dubbed the Combine by Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass.

So in a way, while Hastert is deserving in a twisted way of the honor of $500,000 statue, preciously scarce taxpayer funds should not be squandered on this monument.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT — It seems like Senator Mary Landrieu just can’t catch a break; every week a new scandal.  She’s still battling the negative image of Flight Gate and now, as it turns out, she has a residency problem.

The Washington Post (of all things!) broke this story Thursday:

In Washington, Sen. Mary Landrieu lives in a stately, $2.5 million brick manse she and her husband built on Capitol Hill.

Here in Louisiana, however, the Democrat does not have a home of her own. She is registered to vote at a large bungalow in New Orleans that her parents have lived in for many decades, according to a Washington Post review of Landrieu’s federal financial disclosures and local property and voting records.

On a statement of candidacy Landrieu filed with the Federal Election Commission in January, she listed her Capitol Hill home as her address. But when qualifying for the ballot in Louisiana last week, she listed the family’s raised-basement home here on South Prieur Street.

Well, which is it, Mary?  And did you note that “she and her husband built…” part?  It’s no temporary condo she’s camped out in up in D.C.  That sounds pretty permanent to me.

On the heels of the Post story, the New York Times picked up the story the next day:

Bernie Pinsonat, a Louisiana pollster, said the question of Ms. Landrieu’s residency reminded him of a similar episode involving another Louisiana Democrat, former Senator John B. Breaux. Mr. Breaux had prepared to run for governor in 2007 but then abandoned the effort after the state attorney general refused to declare him a Louisiana citizen under the state’s Constitution.

“I don’t need a poll to tell that it doesn’t sit well with voters when public officials vacate Louisiana and don’t really live here anymore,” said Mr. Pinsonat, who works for both Democrats and Republicans. “I don’t know what will happen, but I don’t think it’s a positive revelation for her.”

And really, the New York Times story is particularly bad:  I can’t tell you had badly I DON’T want to know about Katrina Mary’s sleeping habits with her husband, but according to the Times article, we are to believe that when in Louisiana she returns to South Prieur Street and sleeps in a single bed in her childhood bedroom.

Seriously?

Now, former challenger Paul Hollis has filed suit over the residency issue and challenger Rob Maness has also cried foul:

Just hours before Friday’s 4:30 pm deadline, Republican candidate Rob Maness filed complaints with four Louisiana parish District Attorneys asking them to file legal challenges in state court to Senator Mary Landrieu’s (D-LA) candidacy in the November general election.

Mary’s biggest voting bloc comes from the New Orleans area where her family is entrenched and well known; her brother is the current mayor of NOLA.  But the rest of Louisiana is pretty tired of her and her long tenure in Louisiana.  She votes with Obama 97% of the time and in Louisiana Obama has a 55% disapproval rating.

Mary’s only prayer in Louisiana seems to rest on the hope that the Republican contenders in the primary split the vote enough for her to earn over 50% which is why some have called for the weakest link, Maness, to pull out of the race.  Of course, Maness is a Tea Party fave and has the endorsement of Sarah Palin, so he probably is in for the long haul, but his numbers are grim.  If Maness stays in, it won’t matter much if Mary charters planes to fly across New Orleans – she’ll win.

With that in mind, the scandals for Mary need to keep on coming.  She’s in one of the most vulnerable positions of her entire career.  It’s going to be a bumpy ride for her.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

Lately Stacy McCain has been doing a large series on sexual criminals.  Yesterday he focused on Teachers

If you pay attention to the news, it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that America’s public schools are staffed by sex-crazed perverts

It’s not his first dive into these waters but this time Glenn Reynolds linked with the line:

Obviously, we need to end mandatory celibacy and let high school teachers marry.

Now this is a story we’ve been covering for a while, but as we’ve also had a real bump in readership in 2013 & 2014 so for new readers at DaTechGuy Blog let me acquaint you with some stories we covered and & posts we did that you might have missed on this subject over the years:

The Guardian April 29th 2010

Sexual abuse scandal rocks Boy Scouts of America after $18.5m payout

 

Organisation accused of cover-up as it seeks to keep thousands of ‘perversion files’ secret

Oddly this subject wasn’t raised when they changed their rules

The Huffington Post 06/09/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 05:05 PM ET

U.S. Swimming Sex Scandal: Abuse, Molestation, Secret Tapings & More

U.S. swim coaches have molested, groped and secretly taped numerous teenage swimmers over the past decade, according to ABC News. The network counts “36 coaches banned for life for sexual misconduct over the last 10 years” by the U.S. governing body for swimming.

A ten year coverup odd there hasn’t been investigations going back to the 50’s

The Gothamist June 6th 2012:

“Secret History Of Sexual Predators” At Horace Mann

Today, the NY Times published its big weekend magazine feature online, and it’s a sprawling look at decades of alleged sexual abuse at one of New York City’s top private schools. Former student Amos Kimel, who graduated in 1982, begins by describing about the lush campus was a world away from his I.S. 144 in the Bronx, “Shortly after my arrival, a new friend walked me around the school, pointing out teachers to avoid. ‘What do you mean? Like, they’re hard graders?’ ‘No. Perverts. Stay away from them. Trust me.'”

My take at the time:

I can’t help but wonder however, how many of the elite left who read the Times story and beating their breasts over the revelation will be crying for state investigations, changes in state law to investigate both Mann & other schools?

I wonder how many future NYT stories will be written about them and how many on the left will opine about the culture at Horace Mann and how many national stories will be written on the subject?

I don’t remember seeing any, nor about the LA scandals from February 7th 2012

Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy told parents Monday evening that the district is replacing the entire staff of Miramonte Elementary School in the wake of the arrests last week of two teachers on lewd conduct charges.

The unprecedented move is intended to build confidence among the many families who have lost faith in their neighborhood elementary school. More than a quarter of students did not show up for classes Monday.

given that fact there was little reaction that day:

Now you would think this would produce headlines and coverage all over the place. A sex scandal involving minors so bad that the entire staff of a school is replaced to restore confidence.

Yet I don’t see any TV coverage, I don’t see any Maureen Dowd columns, I don’t see anyone calling for a comprehensive examination of public schools and waving of statue of limitations for public school teachers. Until and unless the word “Priest” is involved for the story, as far as the MSM is concerned there IS no story.

No story there or on Feb 12, 2012 either

Even after pleading “no contest” and guilty, the two administrators still enjoy full employment with LAUSA today, in fact, LAUSD has since given each administrator a promotion…and not a single journalist has taken note
Double Standard Abuse Scandals and the Attack on the Catholic Church; David F. Pierre, Jr. P 29

Even when the subject was an actor like Cory Feldman talking Hollywood on Aug 10, 2011

“I can tell you that the No. 1 problem in Hollywood was and is and always will be pedophilia. That’s the biggest problem for children in this industry. … It’s the big secret,” Feldman said.

The “casting couch,” which is the old Hollywood reference to actors being expected to offer sex for roles, applied to children, Feldman said. “Oh, yeah. Not in the same way. It’s all done under the radar,” he said.

“I was surrounded by [pedophiles] when I was 14 years old. … Didn’t even know it. It wasn’t until I was old enough to realize what they were and what they wanted … till I went, Oh, my God. They were everywhere,” Feldman, 40, said.

it went nowhere And on Dec 6th 2011 there is was more from Hollywood

Martin Weiss, a 47-year-old Hollywood manager who represented child actors, was charged in Los Angeles on Dec. 1 with sexually abusing a former client. His accuser, who was under 12 years old during the time of the alleged abuse, reported to authorities that Weiss told him “what they were doing was common practice in the entertainment industry.” Weiss has pleaded not guilty.

On Nov. 21, Fernando Rivas, 59, an award-winning composer for “Sesame Street,” was arraigned on charges of coercing a child “to engage in sexually explicit conduct” in South Carolina. The Juilliard-trained composer was also charged with production and distribution of child pornography.

Sesame Street?  Did someone say Sesame Street:

Kevin Clash, the longtime voice and puppeteer behind Sesame Street’s Elmo character, has resigned in the aftermath of allegations that he had underage sexual relationships.

Mr. Clash was first accused last week of sexual improprieties by a 24-year-old man who later recanted. That man has remained anonymous.

On Tuesday, the gossip Web site TMZ reported that a second accuser, Cecil Singleton, has now filed a lawsuit in New York alleging that he had an underage sexual relationship with Mr. Clash almost a decade ago. The report could not immediately be verified.

That was Nov 20th 2012 And the reaction of the left in comments around the web…

Apparently unless the person is a Catholic Priest such claims are purely motivated by money or fame and something has to be done about such accusers.

I submit and suggest that if Kevin Clash was a clergyman these same folks would be out for blood and decrying the Church as an institution.

Exit Question: Clash has been with Sesame Street for a long time , The media has assumed and critics have said the Vatican off in Rome knew about the (legitimate) scandal of priests and swept it under the rug.

Assuming the truth of these accusations I wonder how many of those people who have worked directly with clash for decades as opposed to overseeing him from half a world away knew of his age “preferences” for partners and looked the other way? More importantly will anybody ask those questions as these co-workers, managers and fellow actors are not wearing Roman Collars?

Even though as we reported on April 11th 2010 the stats say otherwise

Insurance companies that cover all denominations, such as Guide One Center for Risk Management, which has more than 40,000 church clients, does not charge Catholic churches higher premiums. “We don’t see vast difference in the incidence rate between one denomination and another,” says Sarah Buckley, assistant vice president of corporate communications. “It’s pretty even across the denominations.” It’s been that way for decades.

The fact that this article appears in Newsweek would shock me until you see it is a web exclusive.

Of course after Tina Brown took over everything at Newsweek became a web exclusive.

Now in fairness there were some legislative attempts in NY to focus on more than just the Catholic Church but we saw how well that went over on  May 3rd, 2010

Lo and behold now that the target is no longer just the church some interesting arguments have suddenly come to the fore:

The excuses are all now tumbling out. The New York City Mayor is concerned about the potential impact for taxpayers. Welcome to the real world, Mayor. Catholics in the pews have seen billions of dollars, donated by them over decades, paid out in compensation to victims of clerical abuse and episcopal failure. It is tough but we have to recognise responsibility.

The State Association of Counties has issued a memo of opposition citing the problem of “significantly aged and clouded” evidence. Well, as we have learnt in the Church, extending the statute of limitations is necessary because the nature of the crime means that it may take a long time before a person is ready to confront the abuse that they have suffered in the past.

The New York State School Boards Association has said that the revelation of past misdeeds would provide no extra protection for children. They should talk to Safeguarding Officials and good lay Catholics who know that the revelation of past crimes is a very strong motivation to provide robust safeguarding procedures.

The most telling line came at the end of my post:

I am simply dying to see how Joe and Mika choose to cover this. I wonder how they will approach it? I’m scheduling this post for Monday morning before the show, so we can see if they touch the New York Law.

They never did, the law never passed.

Meanwhile while all the stories above went unreported the story of the Church cracking down in seminaries and changing rules to stop the problem before it starts.(the Vatican web site is loaded and the link to it has been prominent on the front page for years)  has also been ignored except to attack it as antigay

Now I’m not so naive to think that Glenn’s Instalance of Stacy piece will get the conversation started nationally but I have a suggestion.

Bookmark this link and the next time you hear someone make a snide remark about the church scandal & ending celibacy among Catholic priests cite a few of these examples then go to Stacy’s site and click on the crime link for more.

THEN ask when the Public Schools, Private Schools, Hollywood, the Boy Scouts the US swim team and Sesame Street will end celibacy & allow employees to marry.

Update:  Stacy followed up with a second post with a new gaggle of women teachers that is an excellent answer to those who saw the church crackdown as “anti-gay”

This sarcastic reference to the Catholic priest scandal — for such were the arguments of “reformers” in that context — also points out the falsehood of one common reaction to teacher sex crimes.

Ever since the Debra LaFave case, some people have marveled at instances of female teachers arrested for molesting teenage boys: “But she’s good-looking — why can’t she get a man?”

The assumption is that sexual desperation is the motive for these crimes, when in fact, it’s a matter of sexual preference:  Sure, they can get men, but they don’t want men — they want boys.

Abnormal? Certainly. Uncommon? Not exactly.

Cue the :  If the Church only had women priests or married priests or transgendered priests etc etc etc choir.

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It’s Monday, and we have so far moved the ball only $22 dollars toward a full paycheck.

While part of that is a new subscriber which moves us closer to our goals in a permanent way one new subscriber  still doesn’t do the trick to  permanently  secure the mortgage and pay DaMagnificent Seven plus our new villager.

But lets focus on the positive with 13 tip jar hits of $25 we will get our first full paycheck of 2014.

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Once we manage that then we’ll worry about catching up on the ground we’re behind.

That new subscriber means we’re now only 57 1/4 more subscribers @ at $20 a month the bills will be paid every week and the problem will be solved on a more permanent basis.  It won’t cover CPAC but it will do all the base bills and that’s what counts

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The Thomas Moore Society, “a national not-for-profit law firm that exists to restore respect in law for life, marriage, and religious liberty based in Chicago, states that they provided evidence and analysis of IRS discrimination against pro-life groups.

Thomas More Society President Thomas Brejcha, Executive Director Peter Breen, and Special Counsel Sally Wagenmaker, prepared the legal memorandum with solid evidence of IRS harassment of pro-life organizations dating back to 2009.

The memo details the history of IRS misconduct in the cases of three organizations represented by the Thomas More Society. The abuse dates back further than the now publicized 2010 complaints and extends beyond the IRS’s recently exposed Cincinnati office to also include the tax agency’s California operations in the charges of blatant bias.

The IRS office in El Monte, California, began harassing Christian Voices for Life of Fort Bend County, Texas in 2011. In a series of questions penned by Exempt Organization Specialist Tyrone Thomas from the California office, the IRS asked a series of unwarranted questions ordering Christian Voices for Life without any foundation, to explain its content, message, and prayers as if they were engaging in highly offensive or criminal behavior.

Coalition for Life of Iowa found itself in the IRS’s crosshairs when the group applied for tax exempt status in October 2008. Nearly ten months of interrogation about the group’s opposition to Planned Parenthood included a demand by a Ms. Richards from the IRS’ Cincinnati office unlawfully insisted that all board members sign a sworn declaration promising not to picket/protest Planned Parenthood. Further questioning by the IRS requested detailed information about the content of the group’s prayer meetings, educational seminars, and signs their members hold outside Planned Parenthood.

In yet a third matter, an IRS agent in their Chicago office  repeatedly harassed Daniel and Angela Michael of Small Victories, a pro-life organization, with an intrusive investigation, calling the leaders every 2-3 weeks over the course of 2011, beginning in January of that year. The IRS officially closed its investigation in January 2012, having found no illegal activities. (LINK)

– Rebecca @ americaisconservative.org

Update: (DaTechGuy) There is no part of this scandal that I find more outrageous than this.

The President did his best to show anger and shock at the IRS’s mishandling of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status in a press conference this evening where he took no questions.  He promised to “hold responsible parties” accountable claiming that he “will not tolerate” this type of behavior in any agency, but especially the IRS “given the power that it has and reach that it has in all of our lives.”

He promised safeguards and to work with Congress.  He claimed this is a “fixable” problem. (Of course, that makes sense now that the election is over.)

He had the gall to tell Congress not be partisan in its investigation. Even in the midst of a scandal with a clear abuse of power in his administration, he finds the time to take a swipe at Republican leadership in Congress. “Democrats and Republicans owe it to the American people to treat that authority with the responsibility it deserves and in a way that doesn’t smack of politics or partisan agendas.”  Let’s face it, that little remark was not directed at the Democrats.

He also talked about ensuring that the “laws are clear” so that they can be enforced fairly.  So, was he trying to say they were not enforced fairly because the laws were not clear?  He certainly implied that.

This was basically a press conference about nothing where the President just wants the evening news cycle to run a story claiming he is outraged and “doing all that he can.”

Charles Krauthammer on Fox said just after the press conference that this is the “bare minimum” that the president had to do.  He is exactly right.  This was basically punting the controversy forward a day with generalities hoping that the outrage will die down.

Lisa @AmericaisConservative.org

What a week this has been in the MSM! Between Benghazi hearings, the enormous Department of Justice power grab, and the IRS targeting conservative groups, one thing has become clearly apparent: Obama is not a leader. The government is falling apart under his command. While many may argue this could be a good thing, I think what we are seeing is a lack of accountability and multiple ethical violations piling up. One after another, we are obtaining evidence that when Obama said transparency, he really meant cloaked scandal. When he talked of helping the American public, he was speaking of his donors. And when we were promised that Obamacare was the answer, it gives us a pretty good idea of what the question was (hint: what’s the next poorly run federal governmental entity?)

As many of you, I was heartbroken when Mitt Romney lost his bid for presidency. What a different world this would be! One of the statements my father made was that Obama would have to live with the consequences of his poor leadership. He has blamed Bush for 5 years. At some point, that song and dance has an end. Now, the scandals are piling up. With the recent AP debacle, hopefully, even the media can be mad enough to get on board and report what is happening in the White House instead of burying stories.

What’s unfortunate, is that in all the scandal, real lives have been impacted. Real lives in Benghazi. Real people targeted and impacted by the IRS. Real sources compromised. Lives are affected by each of Obama’s blunders.

Rebecca @ Americaisconservative.org

…Then Kevin Clash would have a job today

Kevin Clash, the longtime voice and puppeteer behind Sesame Street’s Elmo character, has resigned in the aftermath of allegations that he had underage sexual relationships.

Mr. Clash was first accused last week of sexual improprieties by a 24-year-old man who later recanted. That man has remained anonymous.

On Tuesday, the gossip Web site TMZ reported that a second accuser, Cecil Singleton, has now filed a lawsuit in New York alleging that he had an underage sexual relationship with Mr. Clash almost a decade ago. The report could not immediately be verified.

Unquestionably the underlying cause is the ban on marriage and the celibacy requirement on Sesame Street and at the Children’s Television Workshop but what fascinates me about this story, which I ignored till now, are the comments at the times:

Most of the attention is given to Kevin Clash, his now known sexual orientation, and the presumed impact of all of this on Sesame Street and its viewers. What is lost in this melee is the fact that the accuser recanted. I am curious why somebody would come up with this charge after this many years only to recant. Was he paid off? Was he lying? There is so much more unknown.

at Gawker more comments:

nothing jogs the memory quite like a mountain of cash.
“oh yeah…yeah! *NOW* I remember that thing that totally happened…”

At Towleroad news gay

“That’s what happens when you start paying blackmailers. The last guy was completely credible with his history of theft accusations and arrests. Maybe this one will be more believable but I doubt it. Posted by: Timzilla | Nov 20, 2012 12:08:45 PM

At TMZ more

SarahBeebee

People who do this kind of stuff for money makes me sick.

1st, You are not supposed to be underage when you call a sex chat line. what did the 15 yr old expect? everyone he talks to is going to be 15 too? lol
2nd.. he waited 20 years to tell someone?
3rd… he said he didn’t know he was psychological damaged by it until he saw it in the news? ohhh so he saw it in the news and he woke up the next day suddenly damaged?
This dude should be named and shamed. Disgusting for trying to milk someone for money!

And at Mediaite one more

This is rather unfortunate. Mostly that being gay is something people still find shocking or distracting or wrong. And screw that anonymous guy for lying about all this. What was the point? 5 minutes of fame?

Apparently unless the person is a Catholic Priest such claims are purely motivated by money or fame and something has to be done about such accusers.

I submit and suggest that if Kevin Clash was a clergyman these same folks would be out for blood and decrying the Church as an institution.

Exit Question: Clash has been with Sesame Street for a long time , The media has assumed and critics have said the Vatican off in Rome knew about the (legitimate) scandal of priests and swept it under the rug.

Assuming the truth of these accusations I wonder how many of those people who have worked directly with clash for decades as opposed to overseeing him from half a world away knew of his age “preferences” for partners and looked the other way? More importantly will anybody ask those questions as these co-workers, managers and fellow actors are not wearing Roman Collars?

I’ve been reading these stories about Horace Mann School. It’s not a pleasant tale and I feel bad for those involved.

I can’t help but wonder however, how many of the elite left who read the Times story and beating their breasts over the revelation will be crying for state investigations, changes in state law to investigate both Mann & other schools?

I wonder how many future NYT stories will be written about them and how many on the left will opine about the culture at Horace Mann and how many national stories will be written on the subject?

But most of all, I wonder if the Maureen Dowd’s of the world will demand Horace Mann abolish celibacy at the school and allow faculty to marry?

Actually I don’t wonder at all. I suspect this story after a day or two of breast beating go down the memory hole along with any other one that doesn’t involve someone wearing a Roman Collar.

…for a couple of reasons.

1. I personally think the rules as written are a bit weird, If I make a call from this room but not that room it is legal or illegal. I understand the principle but I think it’s a question of having a lawyer smart enough to define the hoops. It’s not the location but the selling of favors that matter.

2. The idea of a congressman hitting up lobbyists for money is about as shocking as the concept that John Kerry & John Edwards combined spend more on their hair a year then I do on clothes (including Fedoras).

3. I actually disagree with this statement at Big Government

The call could be examined to see if it breaks House ethics rules, and could not come at a worse time for Democrats trying to maintain their majority in the House and Senate in November midterm elections. Ethics violations by Republicans helped get Democrats elected in the last two election cycles when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vowed to “drain the swamp.”

I actually think this is the absolute best time for the Democrats to let every crooked deal and unethical thing dump out. This election cycle is lost, and not just lost, SPECTACULARLY lost. The MSM is pinning their Nov 2nd storyline on hopes of Senate victories in Delaware and Alaska two states who’s combined have the same amount of seats in the house as Rhode Island. and have less combined representation in congress that Connecticut.

If you are going to lose anyway make it big, that way any pickup in 2012 can be spun as a “return to moderation”.

But I guess if it’s your seat in danger it’s hard to see the big picture.

I personally think a less restrictive but more open set of rules would be best. As long as the people who vote you in know what you are doing and who you are getting the dough from I don’t have an issue.

…one about the past and one about the present.

Nasty Thought #1: All this draft nonsense:

Do you get the feeling that MSNBC and the left are pushing and talking draft right now because they are afraid of Gen Petraeus? Not afraid of him politically but afraid of him as a general. I have the horrible and uncharitable feeling that they are afraid he will actually win this war.

Success in the war would mean a more powerful US. One more likely to act rather than talk. The concept of the US military as a force never to be used is even more sacred to the left than the first black president. They aren’t in a position to attack Petraeus so the only way to counter him is to get the country talking draft. With a high unemployment rate and college so expensive it is a tempting solution to several social/economic problems but it would scare the britches off of many in the ME generation.

The left has never lost their love of 60’s radicalism, it was their greatest moment, it is their dream to bring it back in living color.

Such an appraisal is not very fair to most of the left and is as I said a nasty thought, but right now it is stuck in my head and won’t come out.

Nasty Thought #2 Al Gore

For years I’ve wondered why Al Gore didn’t assert himself during the Clinton Impeachment stuff. It would have been up to Gore to talk to the president and say it was time for him to go. If he had conventional wisdom says he would have easily won election in 2000 and maybe even in 2004. Not only did he not assert himself but he after the impeachment vote made that ludicrous speech calling Mr. Bill “One of our greatest presidents” (talk about grading on a curve)! In my mind the question has always been: Why did he play along?

I have the nasty feeling that question has now been answered. Does anyone believe for one moment that if the Clintons knew Gore had some ahem “interesting diversions” they wouldn’t have held that over him? Al understood that people judge a Rogue differently than a “strait arrow”. It’s the expectations game. People were not surprised that Clinton was messing around and judged him accordingly, but Gore? He would be judged by his strait arrow image.

Again this is a nasty thought and assumes Gore’s guilt but I can’t get it out of my head.

Are these thoughts a sign I am becoming paranoid or am I just becoming more street savvy? What do you think?