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It is the Courier Mail, ugh. But still.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/n...f0f4ed0f78b63d

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INDEPENDENT MP Bob Katter has threatened to plunge the government into chaos, saying he will no longer guarantee supply or confidence to the Coalition.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is facing the real possibility that he will be forced to seek an alliance with a crossbench MP to hold onto government if Barnaby Joyce is ruled ineligible to sit in Parliament over his dual citizenship with New Zealand.
In a stunning blow to the Coalition, Mr Katter today told Sky News it was “back to the drawing board” in negotiations for support.
The Queensland MP has already outlined what he wants if Mr Turnbull seeks his support should the High Court rule Mr Joyce is unable to maintain his position.
“You’re one by-election away from needing mine or Rebekha Sharkie’s vote,” Mr Katter told Sky News.


Mr Katter said his support hinged on the government backing his call for a banking Royal Commission and a probe into the need for bio-fuels such as Ethanol.
He did not guarantee supply and confidence to the Coalition if a vote of confidence was called in the lower house.
“All I can say is the opportunity is there,” he said.
To hold onto power, if Mr Joyce lost his seat following a High Court ruling, Mr Turnbull would need to turn to one of five possible allies; independents Cathy McGowan and Andrew Wilkie, Bob Katter of Katter’s Australian Party, Nick Xenophon Team MP Rebekha Sharkie or Greens MP Adam Bandt.


NEXT STEPS FOR BARNABY JOYCE

* High Court will determine whether Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is eligible to sit in parliament.
* If found ineligible, his NSW seat of New England will be declared vacant.
* A writ would be issued for a by-election.
* Joyce would be able to contest the by-election once he receives the paperwork to extinguish his connection with New Zealand.
* A by-election would be held about eight weeks after the writ is issued.
* If Joyce wins the by-election, the government will retain its 76 seats (a one-seat majority) in the lower house.
* If he loses, the government will only have 75 seats in the lower house which is one short of a majority. It will have to negotiate with one of the five crossbenchers to ensure supply and confidence and inform the governor-general once it has the numbers.
* If he is cleared by the High Court, Joyce can continue to sit in parliament.
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Old 29th August 2017, 04:32 PM
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Old 12th September 2017, 06:21 PM
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Ted Cruz sparks Twitter hilarity after appearing to 'like' porn video

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Conservative Republican politician Ted Cruz has been lampooned on social media after his Twitter account liked a pornographic video.

The Texas senator's Twitter account liked a post from the account @SexuallPosts, which contained a two-minute clip from a pornographic film.

Although he has since deleted it, the post was live on his page for half an hour — and @SexuallPosts has since updated its Twitter description to say: "Follow for the Same Porn @TedCruz Watches."


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The former presidential candidate has long been known for his support for "traditional family values" and stance against pornography.

He last year stated "pornography ... has become a public health crisis that is destroying the life of millions", and also tried and failed to maintain a ban on sex toys in Texas in 2007.

Last year his campaign also scrubbed an ad targeting opponent Marco Rubio after it was revealed one of the actresses had appeared in adult films.

While his Twitter account is also maintained by his staff, there is not yet any information on who was responsible, and Mr Cruz himself has not yet commented on the incident.

Mr Cruz's communications director tweeted the post had been removed by staff and reported to Twitter.
Lolwut? You like a tweet and then report it?

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And Ted blames the help, like Fred Nile did all those years ago.
Ted Cruz says aide inadvertently caused his porn Twitter post
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And, continuing our US Republicans streak...

Republican Congressman Asks His Mistress to Get an Abortion—Then Passes Anti-Abortion Bill

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Text messages obtained by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette suggest that Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.)—a favorite of the pro-life movement and the cosponsor of a new bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks—asked his girlfriend to have an abortion earlier this year.

The Post-Gazette reported Tuesday that Shannon Edwards, a 32-year-old forensic psychologist in Pittsburgh with whom Murphy recently admitted to having an extramarital affair, called out the congressman on January 25 after he posted an anti-abortion statement on his Facebook page. “And you have zero issue posting your pro-life stance all over the place when you had no issue asking me to abort our unborn child just last week when we thought that was one of the options,” Edwards wrote in a text message.
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Republican Congressman Asks His Mistress to Get an Abortion—Then Passes Anti-Abortion Bill

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Text messages obtained by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette suggest that Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.)—a favorite of the pro-life movement and the cosponsor of a new bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks—asked his girlfriend to have an abortion earlier this year.

The Post-Gazette reported Tuesday that Shannon Edwards, a 32-year-old forensic psychologist in Pittsburgh with whom Murphy recently admitted to having an extramarital affair, called out the congressman on January 25 after he posted an anti-abortion statement on his Facebook page. “And you have zero issue posting your pro-life stance all over the place when you had no issue asking me to abort our unborn child just last week when we thought that was one of the options,” Edwards wrote in a text message.
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Republican Tim Murphy, an anti-abortion politician who allegedly urged his mistress to have an abortion when he thought she was pregnant, is resigning from US Congress.

House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Mr Murphy's resignation, which takes effect from October 21, as pressure mounted on the congressman to stand down.
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Okay, not ALWAYS the washroom, but the premise is sound.


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Wes Goodman, a Republican lawmaker from Ohio, US, known for his Christian conservative and anti-LGBT views, has been forced to resign after being caught having sex with a man in his office.

The sex act is also an affair as Goodman is married to a woman who is at the helm of an annual anti-abortion rally called "March for Life".

The politician is known for his push for "family values".

The man he was reportedly caught having sex with in his office is not one of his employees.

Goodman, 33, resigned for "inappropriate conduct" shortly after being caught earlier this week.

His Twitter account has now been locked and his campaign website has been taken down.

On Twitter, he previously described himself as "Christian. American. Conservative. Republican. Husband to @Beth1027" and often tweeted about how "natural marriage" was only between a man and a woman.

On his campaign website, he outlined his views on "family": "Healthy, vibrant, thriving, values-driven families are the source of Ohio's proud history and the key to Ohio's future greatness. The ideals of a loving father and mother, a committed natural marriage, and a caring community are well worth pursuing and protecting."
That closet must be awfully crowded.
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And another rears its ugly appendage:

Trump's Oklahoma campaign manager, who once introduced an anti-immigrant law to "stop sex trafficking of children," admits to trafficking young boy for sex

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Oklahoma Republican state Sen. Ralph Shortey has resigned after pleading guilty to trafficking a teenaged boy for sex; when Shortey was serving as Trump's Oklahoma campaign manager, he introduced an anti-sanctuary cities bill, claiming that immigrants trafficked their children for sex.

Shortey's plea bargain got the prosecutors to drop three child pornography charges against him.

According to The Oklahoman, Shortey was found in a hotel room with a teenage boy on March 9. A subsequent investigation by local and federal officials revealed a series of text messages in which Shortey offered to pay the teen in exchange for “sexual stuff.”

The victim later “confirmed that he and Shortey intended to have sexual contact and that they had agreed Shortey would pay him for the contact,” the paper reported, citing a court affidavit...

“When you incentivize illegal immigration, you incentivize a lot of bad things,” Shortey told NBC affiliate 4-KFOR. “There’s a trail of death from Honduras to the United States of America, and the families are giving their children and others over to coyotes and to human traffickers.”
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An important and disturbing OP from Katherine Stewart in the New York Times, regarding the GOP candidate for the upcoming Alabama Senate seat (left open after Geoff Sessions' appointment as Attorney-General of the US):

Every Other Terrible Thing About Roy Moore

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... let’s remember what this is all about. Yes, we’ve learned that a sizable contingent of voters will favor a sexual predator over a Democrat. But we already knew that from the 2016 presidential election.

The real shocker is that many Republicans enthusiastically endorsed a candidate who shows contempt for the Constitution and proposes to replace our democracy with a theocratic state.

Even if we had never learned about Mr. Moore’s alleged attack on a 14-year-old girl, isn’t this scandal enough?

Mr. Moore denies the allegation of molestation and many others, and calls himself simply “a Christian.” But Christianity is an extremely diverse religion, and Mr. Moore represents just one version of it. Unfortunately, his is a faction that has come to wield enormous influence within the Republican Party.

We all know by now how Mr. Moore feels about gay people. In a 2002 opinion that he wrote when he was a state judge, he characterized same-sex relationships as “abhorrent, immoral, detestable, a crime against nature, and a violation of the laws of nature and of nature’s God upon which this nation and our laws are predicated.”

But what’s even more broadly consequential is that Mr. Moore denies the authority of the United States government to legislate at all on this and other issues that he imagines have been decided by God.

He maintains, preposterously, that the religious freedom guaranteed by the First Amendment is solely intended to protect Christians and Christianity.

He doesn’t merely oppose Muslim candidates. He once said that non-Christians ... had no right to hold elective office …

Mr. Moore pretends to admire the Constitution, yet he treats it with disdain. He has been removed from office not once, but twice, for refusing to comply with orders from the United States judiciary.

He believes that God’s law (as he sees it) trumps the Constitution every time.

That is what it means to be a theocrat, and that is why some of the most outspoken theocrats in America love Roy Moore. We need to take a close look at the kind of people hoping to ride Roy Moore’s coattails to power.



It would be comforting to dismiss Mr. Moore’s supporters as an irrelevant fringe. In fact, they believe, with good reason, that they are the future of the Republican Party. Two articles of faith dominated at the Values Voters Summit held in Washington this past October. The first is that “values voters” were directly responsible for the best thing that ever happened to American Christianity, namely, the election of President Trump. The second is that Roy Moore is the hero who will lead the Republican Party to glory.

“He stood there with his staff and he pushed back against the forces of secularism and he said, just like in ‘Lord of the Rings,’ ‘You shall not pass,’ when they were going after the Ten Commandments,” Dana Loesch, an N.R.A. spokeswoman, said. Roy Moore, she added, is “the Gandalf of Alabama.”

Steve Bannon was also in Tolkien mode as he exulted over Mr. Moore’s victory in the Republican primary in September. “The hobbits are going door to door in the shire, and they’re getting everybody out,” he gushed.

“In Alabama, you folks were able to turn the tables,” he added. “You folks are going to be the folks who saved the Judeo-Christian West.”

Convinced that “Divine Providence worked on Judge Moore,” Mr. Bannon seemed to think that the primary victory for a longtime theocrat was the sign of “the fourth great turning of American civilization.”

… {Mitch McConnell, GOP majority leader in the Senate, and Paul Ryan, GOP, House Speaker} haven’t said — and they won’t say — a word about Moore’s theocratic agenda. Because in their hearts, they know that Mr. Bannon is right about one thing: They need to keep the “hobbits” happy.



Roy Moore’s supporters have distinguished themselves with the virulence with which they refuse to consider the evidence against him. They believe more fervently in their own persecution than they do in the testimony of Mr. Moore’s alleged victims.

A number of Mr. Moore’s supporters don’t have that much of a problem with his alleged assaults on underage women. A small but militant group seems to think that his only mistake was to fail to ask the parents for permission.


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... The rigorously enforced silence about sex that leaves young girls vulnerably ignorant; the insistence on absolute obedience that empowers predators; the mind-set that grants men the power to dominate and women the duty to submit, and that excuses the indiscretions of men even as it blames girls for their sinful provocations — these are common to all forms of fundamentalist religions. But they are wildly overrepresented among the theocrats from whom Mr. Moore takes his bearings.

In the coming days, pundits will be working overtime to make us feel somewhat normal again. They’ll say that Moore is part of a “populist revolt” against the “Republican establishment.” That is a way of making what is happening in today’s Republican Party sound something like a noisier version of politics as usual. It is also a delusion. There is a movement to destroy our democracy, and it has invaded one of our two major parties. Roy Moore, for a time, was said to be “the tip of the spear.”

Mr. Moore may be in line for martyrdom now, but there will be replacements. And they won’t all come with disqualifying sexual histories. It is terrible ideas, not just terrible behavior, that matter. We need to reject their extremism, however it expresses itself.
There's more detail within the OP, with many internal links to support its contentions. Gruesome, but worth a read.
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