Friday, TLC came out of the ether and canceled plans to rerun “19 Kids and Counting.” It’s the story of two rabbit-like parents from Springdale, Arkansas, who can’t resist cranking out kids, but can resist contraception. All in the name of the Lord. Here are some reasons the “The Learning Channel” had no choice.
As my colleagues pretty much covered the issue in their highly competent journalistic fashion, I wasn’t going to add anything about the Duggars, Jim Bob and Michelle, and those 19 progeny. But more needs to be written. As you know, they’re a big deal with the religious nuts that tune in for 19 Kids and Counting on TLC. But mom and dad (a former Arkansas state rep) and the perv represent the extremist right-wing, hypocritical, bible thumpers. According to various accounts, including their own blog, they’re about as arbitrary as parents as it’s possible to be.
Sicko, Josh Duggar, is still treated as if nothing had happened, even though he fessed up to sexually abusing underage girls, including at least two of his sisters.
You can get a philosophical overview of this piece of pond scum by visiting here.
How this punk stayed out of juvenile detention up to age 21 (and perhaps well beyond as an adult) is a mystery. A young black kid, accused of the same aberrant behaviors, wouldn’t see the sun for two decades at the very least. Were DNA swabs taken? Was rape considered? What is the statute of limitations in a sexual assault case? Three years as is suggested in the Duggar case? In some states, it’s six, others, seven. For a DNA-proven rape in Georgia, there is no limit. It has been strongly speculated, that the case was ignored until those three years ran out.
People Magazine scored an exclusive interview with the perv and mom and pop a few days ago and readers were treated to this statement from the ‘holier than thou’ molester, now 27.
“Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends. I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life.” It’s interesting that most accounts say he was 14-years-old. The sex abuser, at age 27, says it was “12-years-ago.”
It was likely that the father’s discovery of his son’s perversion involved a daughter. That probably motivated his eventual visit to the authorities.
Any subsequent charges — that would have likely included felonies — were dashed through a convoluted series of events that suggested real misconduct. Why was the case allowed to die on the vine, for instance? Read the account here. Even after all that, the parental statements demanded little “responsibility” that right-wingers always talk about: “When Josh was a young teenager, he made some very bad mistakes, and we were shocked. We had tried to teach him right from wrong. That dark and difficult time caused us to seek God like never before.” Sympathy for the daughters? Still looking.
Their statement continues, “Even though we would never choose to go through something so terrible, each one of our family members drew closer to God…..blah, blah, blah.” So that’s your gig, Mr. and Mrs. Duggar? Using God as cover for the sickest perversion imaginable? Did TLC initially know about this? If they did, they’re as culpable as the rest of the bad actors. Was it publicized in the media? Did TLC perform any due diligence prior to airing this sanctimonious and hypocritical embarrassment? Or was it all about the money on both sides?
Somebody actually married deranged horndog, Josh. Wife, Anna, tells People mag that she was told by her future husband of his miscreant deeds two years before the wedding. I know of no self-respecting woman who wouldn’t rocket away from this loser the second he got that ‘confession’ out of his mouth.
Again, the question of how ‘Josh’ escaped legal entanglement for the sex abuse of at least five innocent girls goes unanswered. There is supposedly only that three-year window to charge in this case. And, frankly, if you think it was just five girls for a limited time, I’ve got a bridge to sell you.
Forced incest was even too much for one of Family Research Council’s highly placed pets. Josh Dugger was suddenly left to his own devices. Some of the big contributors must have pulled back.
Here’s the FRC Statement on the Resignation. Washington, D.C. – Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement regarding the resignation of Josh Duggar:
“Today Josh Duggar made the decision to resign his position as a result of previously unknown information becoming public concerning events that occurred during his teenage years. Josh believes that the situation will make it difficult for him to be effective in his current work. We believe this is the best decision for Josh and his family at this time. We will be praying for everyone involved,” concluded Perkins.
Not a hint of condemnation or the true reason why Duggar is hitting the bricks. While FRC takes a pass on Duggar’s perverted past, Right Wing Watch points out that this Christian-dipped group is obsessed with the LGBT communities threat to children. Right Wing Watch also points out that Michelle Duggar once put out a robocall pushing for the repeal of a city nondiscrimination ordinance. Her message: “If allowed on the books, it would empower child predators to threaten “the safety and innocence of a child.”
FRC roots go back to its founding by Dr. James Dobson, the infamous ‘Focus on the Family’ guy. From there, the organization wended its way through Gary Bauer, a Reagan administration honcho and unsuccessful presidential candidate. FRC was then handed off to an obscure attorney, who lasted a few years before deeding the thing to Tony Perkins, a typical ‘hater’ and an ex-rep in the Louisiana state legislature. He spews all the predictably distasteful bigotry of those on the right who “Love the Lord”, but appear to hate all blacks, gay, poor people and certainly Democrats.
But all that hate and family incest appear to pay off handsomely. According to the 2014 Celebrity Net Worth Website, Jim Bob and Michelle have about 3 ½ million squirreled away somewhere.
The day before the cancelation announcement, Arkansas Fourth Circuit Judge Stacey Zimmerman ordered all police investigation records expunged. Nonetheless, the Arkansas Times appears to still be revealing that actual report on the Times’ Website Blog. It’s tricky: Go here: Go up to ‘Blogs’ and follow the prompts. Or for a shortcut to the police report, try this:
So, are mom, pop and Josh Duggar gone from the media for good? Let’s hope so. The irony is that the remaining family members seem like OK people.
Raised rural & small town, then lived in N.Y., Chicago & LA. Widely traveled. Returned from world wandering to pursue media life of anchorman/reporter and major, medium and small market talk radio. Highly active in politics. Once worked as orderly & security in Mens Lock Ward for the Criminally Insane at a state institution. Much more rational population than current Teapublicans. Great concern for country run by and for the extreme wealthy. The inhumane current running through this country has no precedent in modern history.
Follow me on Twitter @demwriter