Daily Archives: January 19, 2012

The Big Newt

Looks like what Newtie wanted from Marianne was The Big Love

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No not that one. He’s a Deeply Moral Man. (Just ask him.) What he wanted was THIS one.

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Of course, considering Newtie’s marital history Marianne should have seen this coming a mile away.

“Gingrich has been married three times. In 1962, he married Jackie Battley, his former high school geometry teacher, when he was 19 years old and she was 26. Gingrich and Battley have two daughters from their marriage: Kathy Gingrich Lubbers is president of Gingrich Communications, and Jackie Gingrich Cushman is an author, conservative columnist, and political commentator whose books include 5 Principles for a Successful Life, co-authored with Newt Gingrich.
In the spring of 1980, Gingrich left Battley after beginning an affair with Marianne Ginther. In 1984, Battley told The Washington Post that the divorce was a “complete surprise” to her. According to Battley, in September 1980, Gingrich and their children visited her while she was in the hospital, recovering from surgery, and Gingrich wanted to discuss the terms of their divorce. Gingrich has disputed that account. In 2011 their daughter, Jackie Gingrich Cushman, said that it was her mother who requested the divorce, that it happened prior to the hospital stay, and that Gingrich’s visit was for the purpose of bringing the couple’s children to see their mother, not to discuss the divorce. Although Gingrich’s presidential campaign staff continued to insist in 2011 that his wife requested the divorce, court documents obtained by CNN from Carroll County, Georgia, indicated that Jackie had asked a judge to block the process stating that although “she has adequate and ample grounds for divorce… she does not desire one at this time [and] does not admit that this marriage is irretrievably broken.
According to L. H. Carter, Gingrich’s campaign treasurer, Gingrich said of Battley: “She’s not young enough or pretty enough to be the wife of the President. And besides, she has cancer.” Gingrich has denied saying it. His supporters dismiss Carter as a disgruntled former aide who was miffed at not being asked to accompany Gingrich to Washington.
In 1981, six months after the divorce from Battley was final, Gingrich wed Marianne Ginther. In the mid-1990s, Gingrich began an affair with House of Representatives staffer Callista Bisek, who is 23 years his junior. They continued their affair during the Lewinsky scandal, when Gingrich became a leader of the investigation of President Clinton for perjury and obstruction of justice in connection with Clinton’s alleged affairs. According to Ginther, his second wife, she declined to accept Gingrich’s suggestion of an open marriage”

As Rick Perry would say “Oops!”

“In 2000, Gingrich married Bisek shortly after his divorce from second wife Ginther was finalized. He and Callista currently live in McLean, Virginia. In a 2011 interview with David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network, Gingrich addressed his past infidelities by saying, “There’s no question at times in my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate.” In December 2011, after the group Iowans for Christian Leaders in Government requested that he sign their so-called “Marriage Vow”, Gingrich sent a lengthy written response. It included his pledge to “uphold personal fidelity to my spouse”.

In Newtieworld nothing’s more Patriotic than Adultery.

Now that this Catholic has shown himself to be a Closet Mormon what’s next? Will he demand that Calista and her “Sister Wives” look like THIS?

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She’s halfway there with that hairdon’t of hers.

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Newtie, however, has a ways to go before he morphs into Warren Jeffs

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“Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs may be serving a life-plus-20-year sentence in a Texas prison, but his grip on most of his 10,000 followers doesn’t appear to be lessening and some former insiders say he’s imposing even more rigid requirements that are roiling the church and splitting its members.
The edicts from Jeffs, head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, form the basis for what he’s called the “Holy United Order.” An estimated 1,500 men, women and children church members failed to meet the stringent standards by a Jan. 1 deadline, said Willie Jessop, a former FLDS spokesman who no longer reveres Jeffs.
Whether those members were excommunicated outright or have been put on probationary status until they can prove they meet the standards remains unclear, Jessop and others said. Some marriages have been dissolved and families split up as Jeffs works from his prison cell to reshape his church.”

Keeping one’s followers in line is essential to Republican party discipline. Right Newtie?

“Since about mid-November, Jeffs’ brother, Lyle Jeffs, has been conducting personal interviews with members to determine their worthiness under the new order, the former church members say.
“There are eight questions, but before they get there, they ask, ‘Do you accept Warren Jeffs as God’s mouthpiece and your prophet,’ and if you believe he can rule in all the affairs of your life,” said Jessop.
A copy of the question list was provided to The Associated Press. The inquiries range from the purity of an individual’s thoughts and whether they are saying daily prayers to whether they have carnal desires or “dwell in the wickedness of evil dross of this generation.”

I have no doubt the RNC has the same list.

“He regulates sex and money on behalf of God,” said Jessop. “It’s pretty real and it’s damn serious.”

How Newtesque !

“Jeffs is in a Houston prison and could not be reached for comment. Request for comment left for Lyle Jeffs, who runs the daily operations of the church, was not returned on Friday. Vaughan Taylor, a church patriarch, declined comment.
But not all FLDS are submissively accepting the “correction” as church disciplinary actions are called.
Some spouses are refusing church-directed breakups and choosing to leave the faith on their own. Some are leaving the community along the Utah-Arizona state line, while many have chosen to remain in their homes.
“What makes this important is that there has never been a time when people in the community have taken this sort of stand against Warren,” said Jessop, who left the church a year ago, but still considers himself FLDS. “I think the church is going through a social crisis that is extremely painful, but in the long term, it’s healthy.”
From his daily conversation with other FLDS, Jessop said he senses a growing confusion among members about the validity of the church’s leadership.
“Warren has created a wholesale distrust of the church,” he said. “Everyone is second-guessing their religion.”

Just like in regular politics!

“Jeffs, 56, rose to power in 2002 following the death of his father who had led the church for nearly 20 years. The church practices polygamy, a legacy of early Mormon church teachings that held plural marriage brought exaltation in heaven.”

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In Heaven you can see her face. On Earth she’s Jailbait.

“The mainstream Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints abandoned the practice in 1890 as a condition of Utah’s statehood, however, and excommunicates members who engage in the practice. An estimated 40,000 self-described Mormon fundamentalists have continued to practice plural marriage across the West. The FLDS are the largest of any organized fundamentalist group.
Faithful FLDS members revere Jeffs as a prophet, despite his conviction in August in Texas of sexually assaulting two underage sect girls whom he took as plural wives.
From prison Jeffs shepherds his flock through messages passed to visitors, letters and phone calls, including two on Christmas Day that were played over speakerphones to followers gathered at a meeting house in Hildale, Utah. That violation of prison rules earned Jeffs a 90-day suspension of his phone privileges.
Jessop said Jeffs’ “United Order” requirements were once loosely used as conditions for living at the faith’s Yearning for Zion Ranch near Eldorado, Texas.
But about a year ago, Jeffs said the rules would be globally imposed on church members living in the twin towns along the Utah-Arizona border, Hildale and Colorado City, Ariz., and in church enclaves in South Dakota and British Columbia, said Jessop.
As the end of 2011 approached, the pressure to meet the standards increased, former church members still living in Hildale and Colorado City say.
“We started to hear about (church leaders) kicking people out,” said Isaac Wyler, who was excommunicated in 2004. “We heard that at the end of the year (members) were going to be destroyed if they weren’t chosen.”

Very Republican.

Among the newly reinforced rules: No Internet access, no recreation equipment or toys and no sexual relations between spouses without Jeffs’ permission, which mean no children being born in the community.
Members are also expected to give 100 percent of their earnings to the church, meeting only their basic needs through goods obtained from a church cooperative known as the Bishop’s Storehouse.
Former FLDS member Richard Holm, who was excommunicated by Warren Jeffs, believes the recent crackdown on members shows a level of desperation among the church’s senior most leaders that’s not been previously seen by the FLDS community.
“I think there’s an evolution taking place that is a major change,” said Holm, whose brother remained a senior church leader until he, too, was ejected about six weeks ago. “I’m really glad to see people one by one break free of it.”
But the evolution will come slowly for some, Jessop predicts.
Obedience and a mistrust of the outside world run deep in FLDS culture. Church members trust each other and their prophet above all others and many don’t believe news reports — if they have seen them at all — about Warren Jeffs’ sexual misdeeds with underage girls are true.
In addition, Jessop said, Jeffs’ previous criminal conviction in Utah was overturned — seemingly proving the church leader’s predictions that prayer and obedience would set him free. Then and now, he’s told members he remains imprisoned because they are not keeping church covenants and living worthy lives.
Most FLDS have also had few personal interactions with Jeffs, whom Jessop said worked overtime to keep the flock from knowing all that he did.
“What he teaches is so opposite of what he did,” said Jessop. “You never got to see the man behind the curtain and there were so many curtains and so much secrecy.”

Frank Morgan would never have made it on the Republican ticket.

As for Newtie, perhaps he and Calista can simplfy matters

Alan Cumming (and company) will sing us out.