GOP strategist Rick Wilson was a senior adviser to former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s campaign for the New York Senate seat in 2000 that Hillary Clinton ended up winning. Before Giuliani dropped out of the race (to be replaced by Rick Lazio), Wilson and his fellow strategists extensively tested attacks on the Clintons over Whitewater and Bill’s sexual exploits.
“We tested Whitewater and it was a nothingburger,” the Florida-based Wilson tells me. “We did polling and focus groups, testing the whole pantheon of Clinton scandals.”
While this was done in New York, Wilson, a frequent critic of Trump, recounts that the findings are still relevant to the current national contest, because the Rudy campaign tested reactions among “soft Democrats, soft Republicans, and independents,” i.e., swing voters. These voters, Wilson says, “didn’t care,” dismissing it all as “old news” that was “asked and answered.”
In recent days, Trump has attacked Clinton over her husband’s sexual affairs, casting her as an enabler of them and, by extension, blasting both for conspiring to abuse the women in question. But Wilson says the response to the testing of attacks over Bill’s affairs was even worse than on Whitewater.
Simple. Because they thought they could always keep the game going long enough to sell the junk mortgages to some clueless investor that did not know what they were buying.
as a supreme court justice that President Hillary has a little present for the republicans when she gets into office by nominating Barack Obama to the supreme court. Sweet.
Actually Trump is making America great again. Making it great by destroying any future the republican party might have had. I believe in a two party system as a check and balance but what the GOP has become is not the answer. Maybe some of the sane people in this country can give us a respectable and helpful second party as the GOP dies on the vine under Trump.
McDonalds headquarters have been shut down due to wage protests at their headquarters.
Exposed him for the fool he is. Really republicans you could not come up with even a poor but reasonable candidate? Then you wonder why our party is falling apart and will be gone soon.
When you take a close look he and Donald Trump have an awful lot in common. I even saw Kim with a new hairdo a few weeks ago and it looks like the Donald. If he would die his hair yellow you probably could not tell the difference between the two except for the slant in Kims eyes. They are also both equally dumb and messed up in the head.
Amazon is opening a new fulfillment center in our area across the river in Edwardsville Illinois and 600 new jobs coming with it. They also are under contract for two more warehouses at the same location. Super fast delivery coming to us soon. Amazon is growing so fast and nobody can stop them. They simply do things so much better than anyone else at such a great price that people are flocking to them. Can't wait for the Walmart store closings to start being announced around here. The store by me has lost so much business that I do not know how they could even pay the electric bill anymore with the business they have or should I say the business they do not have.
At the end of the protest the protestors and police clashed. They are sick and tired of the right wing government dumping on them and trying to turn them into working peasants. I fully support the Belgium workers and what they are fighting for. The republican sheep will think this is terrible though that workers are standing up for their rights because they have been told to think this is terrible while at the same time have no problem with the fact that Bush and his republican cronies illegally invaded the wrong country based on lies and got hundreds of thousands of people killed not to mention handing the American taxpayer a 7 trillion dollar IOU. Yes the sheep are some of the dumbest people walking this planet.
Mitt Romney said the republicans are crazy for not supporting an increase in the minimum wage and Romney supports a $15 an hour minimum wage. He said it would stimulate the economy it would get people off of welfare and it would send the right message to poorer Americans instead of the same old rhetoric that they have been spewing for the past 25 years that people are sick of hearing.
In January 2014, he publicly wondered how the United States could be spending money to combat what, in his words, was a “GLOBAL WARMING HOAX.” In October, when Trump was bitten by the autumnal chill, the Republican presidential candidate snarked on Twitter that he could use “a big fat dose of global warming.” He told The Washington Post editorial board in March that he is “not a great believer in man-made climate change.”
The Trump International Golf Links Ireland, a golf course by the sea in Ireland’s County Clare, faces the Atlantic’s pounding waves and coastal erosion. As Politico reported Monday, the Trump Organization has submitted a permit to build a sea wall, which cites rising sea levels from climate change as a threat. Not just any wall will do — one plan called for a limestone barricade 20 meters wide, what Friends of the Irish Environment’s Tony Lowes described to CNBC as a “monster sea wall” in March.
As part of the approval process to build the sea wall, Trump International Golf Links filed an environmental-impact statement. It includes specific concern for erosion, beyond one governmental study that did not take into account sea-level rise from climate change, according to Politico.
I will bet that the faces of every one of the southern republicans on this board turned red when they read this and realized they were exposed. That's okay we already know what you are. Just remember that whenever someone rags about this group or the other or how much money they have its a guarantee that they are just the opposite of what they are posting. Its just human nature to think you can fool people but they always stand out like a sore thumb.
Just like Larry Craig thought in his own mind that if he railed against homosexuals then people would not find out he was a homosexual before he got caught doing the illegal nasty in the Minneapolis airport mens restroom. The same thing is playing out in the red states where republicans think if they rail against homosexuals and the LBGT community then people will not know that they are part of that crowd. If you witness people railing against the rights for people to use the appropriate bathroom for them then you have
run across people living in the closet and trying to cover up their lifestyle.
The Red State Gay Porn Habit: Why Conservative States like Mississippi and North Carolina Lead the Nation in Same-Sex Porn Consumption
Behind the search stats, the hypocrisy, repression, secrecy and isolation in states with harsh anti-LGBT laws.
By Nico Lang / Salon
May 22, 2016
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Mississippi and North Carolina recently passed some of the harshest laws in the nation targeting the LGBT community. As statistics from PornHub show, congressmen might be legislating against queer and trans people, but their constituencies sure do love to watch them have sex. The Daily Dot reports that Mississippi ranked third (behind Washington, D.C., and New York) in a recent PornHub survey on the amount of porn consumed by state. The Magnolia State, in particular, shows a disproportionate preference for black gay porn, while the South boasted three of the top five states with the highest rate of gay porn viewership.
In March, North Carolina made national headlines when its state government called an “emergency session” of congress to push through a law that struck down local nondiscrimination laws across the state. In so doing, that legislation, known as House Bill 2, forced transgender people to use the public restroom that corresponds with the sex they were assigned at birth, rather than their gender identity. Mississippi followed suit a few weeks later by passing an even harsher “religious liberty” bill, HB 1523, that allows employers to fire LGBT people and businesses to deny them service based on “sincerely held religious beliefs.” North Carolina recently filed a lawsuit against the federal government to ensure its bill remains in place, after the Obama administration stated that HB 2 violates civil rights law.
This blatant hypocrisy is just the latest example of the worst-kept secret about conservative states: They really like porn, whether it’s gay, straight, or everything in between. Numerous studies prior to the PornHub survey have resulted in similar findings, and it’s worth asking the question: Why are red states keeping their hands to themselves? The simple answer might be sexual repression in a culture of abstinence-only education, but these rates also speak to the wider lack of affirming resources for people to explore what they like. Many cities and areas of the country don’t have a gay bar, let alone a visible LGBT community, meaning that their Web browser is forced to provide the connection they lack elsewhere.
Queerness has found ways to survive in some of the most repressive areas of the country for decades, often by living a kind of double life. In the seminal 1970s book “Tearoom Trade,” sociologist Laud Humphreys discusses the culture of underground sex that takes place in public restrooms and rest stops, often referred to as “tearoom sex.” In interviewing men looking for casual hookups in the relative privacy of public places, he found something surprising: A majority (54 percent) were married, and many were religious. Two men were even members of the John Birch Society, the extremist right-wing organization founded during the Red Scare of the 1950s. Humphrey writes that he had ‘‘the impression that ‘the Bible on the table and the flag upon the wall’ may be signs of secret deviance more than of ‘right thinking.’’’
In the decades since, the link between ideological conservatism and cloaking one’s innermost desires has abated little, but today most of that action takes place behind a computer, not in a bathhouse. A 2009 study from the Harvard Business School’s Benjamin Edelman found that “eight of the top 10 pornography-consuming states gave their electoral votes to John McCain in last year’s presidential election.” Research also showed that the 27 states that passed a wave of resolutions adding marriage bans to their constitutions in the mid-2000s consumed 11 percent more pornography than those that didn’t. Utah, the Mormon stronghold and fourth-most conservative state in America, placed at the top of the porn subscription heap.
The evidence on this subject is fairly overwhelming. Yet another study, this time from Cara MacInnis and Gordon Hodson in Archives of Sexual Behavior, in 2014 found that “red light states,” as Edelman called them, have higher rates of Google searches for “sex.” This isn’t just true of gay sex; those surveyed by MacInnis and Hodson were interested in all kinds of intercourse, which led the researchers to conclude that these searches had an educational component. “At minimum, these internet-search data clearly demonstrate,” the pair argued, “that those living in states with greater proportions of very religious or conservative citizenry nonetheless seek out and experience the forbidden fruit of sexuality in private settings.”
It’s easy to understand why: Those with a culturally conservative background may have no other means to explore their preferences. According to the Guttmacher Institute, 37 states currently mandate that their public school curricula teach abstinence-only sex education, meaning that youth are given few very resources when it comes to navigating intimacy. By the first time they have sex, just over a third of young people will have been shown how to use a condom in health class. Lacking appropriate, detailed information on the subject of intercourse, middle- and high-school students (and even adults) might have few other options than to turn to the Internet—which, for the record, is a very shoddy substitute for the classroom.
For others, porn may simply be a way of satisfying the most human of curiosities that can’t be met in communities where there might not be many other people like you. Cities like Birmingham, Memphis and Raleigh have some of the smallest gay populations of any state in the country, while North Dakota—where just 1.7 percent of the population identifies as LGBT—doesn’t have a single gay bar in the whole state. There was one in Fargo, but it closed several years ago. Men in North Dakota looking to hang out with and meet men like themselves have to go all the way to South Dakota. Club David, located in Sioux Falls, is six hours away. Otherwise, there’s Fame Nightclub and Club 200 in Winnipeg (yes, the one in Canada).
Gay bars and a thriving LGBT community aren’t just outlets to interact with people. They’re also possibility models. These establishments give queer people the ability to imagine that they can exist in environments where they might otherwise be invisible, but in many locations, such space remains an impossibility. In 2013, Pat “PJ” Newton tried to open a gay bar in Shannon, Mississippi, but the town blocked her from doing so. Residents organized a petition, which they presented at a local town council meeting. One protester told Newton, “I don’t want my son playing soccer anywhere near the bar.” The opposition to a gay establishment in town was so widespread than even Shannon’s mayor helped collect signatures to oppose it.
It’s no wonder that Mississippi, which an earlier study from 2014 found led the nation in gay porn searches, is flooding PornHub’s servers. In a state that remains overtly hostile to the very presence of queer people, what other resources do people feel like they have? After all, this is the same state that—in 2009—blocked a lesbian student from appearing in her high school’s yearbook because she posed in a tuxedo. The following year, Itawamba Agricultural High School, located in Fulton, went as far as to nix its prom altogether when a same-sex couple tried to attend the dance. Today Mississippi remains one of the most conservative states in the U.S., as well as one of the hardest to be out and proud in.
Chauntelle Tibbals, a sociologist and sex researcher, told The Daily Beast that “red light” states are “painting themselves into a corner” by further encouraging a culture of secrecy and fear around human nature. “[W]hen people are touting these very hard lines about what others should and shouldn’t be doing and then in their private lives they’re not doing what they say, that doesn’t surprise me,” she said. “because they themselves are putting boundaries around their own sexuality.” It’s no wonder that Edelman found that states with a high percentage of people who agreed with statements like “I have old-fashioned values about family and marriage” and “AIDS might be God’s punishment for immoral sexual behavior” had the highest number of Internet searches for sex-related subjects. When it comes to porn, shame and persecution are the ultimate clickbait.
If Humphreys once wrote that the men who proudly displayed their crosses on the walls used them as a “breastplate of righteousness,” it appears that armor is full of holes.
Funny but true at the same time. He will be whatever the current low IQ crowd wants him to be.
A liberal, a conservative, a socialist, a fascist, a libertarian, a free-trader, and a protectionist walk into a bar
. Bar-keep says, "Hi, Mr. Trump !"
You just do not understand. Global warming is a hoax until it affects his pocketbook or in other words you tell the low IQ republican sheep whatever they want to hear so they will vote for you. Does anyone know what sea water does to a golf course? Its not pretty.
but now he is flip flopping in the same sentence. He made a statement saying he is against guns in the classroom but he thinks guns in some classrooms is a good idea. Even the former king of flip flops Mitt Romney never flip flopped in the same sentence as far as I know.
Whats so funny is that many republicans are trying to get Mark Cuban to run as a third party presidential candidate but these same people are required by their masters to act as if Obamacare is the worst thing in the world as they court someone to be a third party candidate that praises Obamacare. The republican party is so messed up that even Obama who is a success at everything could not fix them right now.
Lets make Sarah Palin. You never know what kind of imaginary nonsense babble will come out of that airheads mouth. If you are worried about running out of republican idiots to have on the show please put those worries to rest. We have enough to fill about 50 years of shows.
The second guest after Newt will be Donald Trump. Donald can explain how he is going to pay off the 18 billion in republican caused debt that this country racked up while increasing military spending that he has promised to do. I will bet he will say the darndest things and that would be a new twist because when asked how that's possible so far mum has been the word. In reality America has probably never seen a man more in love with borrowing money. His entire life has been spent borrowing large amounts of money but somebody needs to tell him that government is different than business and he cannot just file for bankruptcy and the debt goes away like he did repeatedly with his casino operations. Hillary on the other hand has given detailed information on how she would pay for the increased spending on the people of this country and not increase defense spending we can have more military equipment go straight from the military manufacturer to the storage graveyard like The Donald wants to do and that is what the republicans are great at. If you do not believe me take a little trip to Arizona to the military jet graveyard that is filled with military aircraft and a large number that have never been used but just shipped there from the manufacturer. But the republicans have to pay the military complex manufacturers back for all those campaign bucks they send their way.
I remember when I was a little tike there was a show on called Kids Say The Darndest Things and it was hosted by Art Linkletter. He would interview kids and they would say funny and silly things as kids tend to do. I wish Linkletter was still with us because he could now start a new show called Republicans Say The Darndest Things or maybe Republicans Say The Dumbest Things or maybe Republicans Say The Silliest Things.
Newt Gingrich said over the weekend that Hillary Clinton has real trouble with the democratic party. But things are just peachy with the republicans and Donald Trump as even many prominent republicans have come out and said they will vote for Hillary over Trump or some said they just will not vote because they cannot vote for Trump and some even trying to field somebody like Mitt Romney for a third party run so republicans have an alternative to Trump. I must say to Newt Gingrich. Newt you say the darndest things and you could have been the first guest on Republicans Say The Dumbest Things if Art Linkletter were still alive. Damn the luck.