“It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into”

Jonathan Swift
"The Democrats have moved to the right, and the right has moved into a mental hospital." - Bill Maher
"The city is crowded my friends are away and I'm on my own
It's too hot to handle so I gotta get up and go

It's a cruel ... cruel summer"

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Farm Life

We don't usually go in for titillation here at PTS, but rank hypocrisy by those promoting themselves as pillars of the community, moral exemplars and defenders of all that is sacred is certainly worth a bash.

Seems we in the Texas Panhandle don't know Jack about the proper use of farm animals, according to Neal Horsley, the prominent right-wing pundit and self-described pro-life militant, who was interviewed by the usually tame FOX News contributor, Alan Colmes. Horsley has made it his business to identify the names of abortion providers on his web site, and does not seem concerned that one of these doctors has been killed. But this particular interview really veered into the buckbrush when Colmes asked Horsely about published reports that he had dated farm animals as a young man. Horsley not only confirmed the story (click here for the tape), but suggested that every normal Georgia farm boy had a mule for a girlfriend. The mule could not be reached for comment.

Flip the channel to Dr. W. David Hager, obstetrician-gynocologist, noted shill for James Dobson's Focus on the Family, and Bush appointee to the Advisory Committee for Reproductive Health Drugs in the Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Hager cuts quite the figure speaking to church audiences about the culture of life, but at home he had a tremendously dysfunctional, controlling marriage in which he frequently forced his wife into sodomy, as she has recently detailed in The Nation. In his official capacity, Hager apparently worked behind the scenes to get the FDA to overrule the 23-4 recommendation of the panel he sits on, in favor of marketing of the 'Plan B' emergency contraceptive.

Raw Story also reports that current Assistant Secretary of State and Bush nominee for U.N. ambassador, John Bolton may have freqented so-called swinger sex clubs in the 1970's and early '80s, during a time he was married to a woman who left him suddenly in 1982.

Newshounds have an interesting take on all this, which they relate to apparent deviant sexual behavior by other noted right-wingers. And they don't even get to Gannon-Guckert and the many questions about whom in the White House he was visiting on occasions when he had signed in but no news conference took place. Or the well-reported rocky multiple marriages of right-wing icons like Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh. This would all be just rampant hypocrisy (nothing new for this crowd), except for the nagging suspicion that there may be more than a casual relationship between abnormal sexual conduct and intolerant social ideology. Someone I respect once told me it was all about control. Hmmm.