Charged: Christopher Joseph Guardado, 48, volunteer first- and second-grade Bible teacher, Calvary Chapel Pacific Coast, Westminster, California, with two felony counts of lewd acts with a minor; i.e., sexually molesting two girls under the age of 14, repeatedly over a two-year-period. The girls and their families attended the church and considered Guardado a family friend. Guardado, who is being held on $1 million bail, is scheduled for arraignment August 3, 2012. Story: CBS Los Angeles, July 18, 2012; OCWeekly, July 18, 2012 (more…)
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“We must worship a different God because there is no way that my God would have wanted George Zimmerman to kill my teenage son.”
— Tracy Martin
George Zimmerman, Mister Conceal-Carry, Self-Appointed Neighborhood Cop who in February gunned down 17-year-old Trayvon Martin (who was — gasp! — black — and armed with — gasp! — a can of Arizona Iced Tea and a bag of Skittles), tells Faux News flack Sean Hannity that his confrontation with Trayvon which ended in the teen’s death was simply “God’s plan.” (And he’s not one to question the Almighty!) (more…)
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This story is so big (wait until you see who he’s been palling around with), we could spend all night writing a comprehensive entry — so, for now, we’ll just give you a skeleton outline of everything we know so far, and follow up as more details emerge: (more…)
Trial begins: Stephen Douglas Berry, 39, former associate pastor, New Life Baptist Church, Union County, South Carolina, charged in 2011 with second-degree criminal sexual conduct (i.e., sexual intercourse) with a 15-year-old girl between May and November, 2010, and charged again in early 2012 with criminal sexual conduct involving a “mentally defective” person. (Berry was reportedly the subject of an even earlier criminal investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct with an adult female, who decided not to press charges.) WSPA reports that Berry, free on bond on the (more…)
Backstory: “The FBI Isn’t Saying Jay Linford Is A Thief…,” June 25, 2012
Before Jay Michael Linford, Romney PAC founder, was arrested on suspicion of stealing a pricey, rare Book of Mormon (from a fellow Mormon, mind you), Alexandria, Virginia police were trying to figure out who this guy was that tried to pass a counterfeit check at a United Bank on June 7th — five days before Linford was arrested in connection with the BOM theft — releasing the following surveillance video on July 11th: (more…)
ConBab readers and and Trentonians from way back will remember Joseph “JoJo” Giorgianni, a.k.a. “The Quarter-Ton Sex-Offender,” the morbidly obese restaurateur (JoJo’s Steakhouse, Trenton, New Jersey) and Republican Committeeman — elected three times, after he was convicted of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl in a back room of his restaurant in 1978 (which makes you wonder about the “values” of his supporters) — who tried to avoid prison by saying he’d never survive life on the inside due to his weight (then 565 pounds) and his purported asthma. That ploy was blown to bits after he was spotted enjoying himself at a boxing match surrounded by “a cloud of cigar smoke.” (more…)
All we know is that if it wants to keep its tax-exempt status, it had better start acting more like a church and less like a business. (Getting its nose out of politics would be a good start, but that’s not what we’re talking about here.)
A short piece from Religion News Service (via USA Today) titled “Vatican blames market decline for $20M deficit” (July 10, 2012) reads more like a business report than a state-of-the-church report. To wit: (more…)
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Before he was a candidate (a Republican candidate, a Facebook campaign page announces prominently) for Sheriff of Oconee County, South Carolina, 54-year-old James Richard Bartee, Jr.,was a senior special agent for the Secret Service, and then a private investigator.
Now he’s a suspect in a plot to kidnap a judge. (more…)
Who: Oscar D. Perez Perez, 69, pastor, Iglesia Antigua Católica, Laguna Hills, California, convicted just days ago of sexually assaulting five young boys, all parishioners, in Perez’s apartment. As recounted by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, Perez “was found guilty by a jury of 22 felony counts of lewd acts upon a child under 14, four felony counts of lewd acts on a child, and sentencing enhancement allegations for lewd acts against multiple victims.” Scheduled for sentencing September 14, 2012, “Perez faces a maximum sentence of 330 years to life in state prison and mandatory lifetime sex offender registration.” (more…)
“Many moons ago, I worked for a Republican U.S. senator from Illinois, Charles Percy, who represented everything that was good about his party. He was a man of devout faith, a pragmatist and a capitalist. He was not, however, a zealot. During his years in the Senate, Percy supported tighter gun control, housing subsidies for the poor, and opposed two of Richard Nixon’s Supreme Court nominees. In 1973, Percy called for an independent prosecutor to investigate Watergate. The novelist Richard Ford, coined a phrase ‘decent Chuck Percy Republicans,’ referring to Republicans who were consensus builders and did what was right for their country rather than always doing what was politically expedient.
“Republicans today are a different breed. They take issue with any positions they see as smacking of socialism even if — as in the case of the individual mandate — the idea was originally theirs. …
“And if one of them were to say something like the following? ‘Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed.’ They would be branded a socialist and condemned for being dangerously naive and unpatriotic. Which is interesting, because the quote above is from Republican president Dwight D. Eisenhower.”
— Amy Sandberg
“Searching for ‘decent Chuck Percys’”
Pomerado News, July 11, 2011
Charged: Paul Kevin Hendrix, youth pastor, First Baptist Church Cherokee Village, Arkansas, with sexually touching a 14-year-old girl in a room of the church after a Wednesday-night service in late June. Hendrix has bonded out of jail; he is due in court August 6, 2012. Story: KAIT, July 16, 2012
Guilty plea: Andre McGant, 53, former volunteer coach, Avalon school (a private Catholic school), Gaithersburg, Maryland, to failing to register as a sex offender. McGant was convicted in 2002 of sexually abusing an eight-year-old girl. Prior to Avalon (which has banned him from coaching), he also worked at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. WUSA notes that McGant “currently faces up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and the possibility of a lifetime of supervised release.” (more…)
Gary, Gary, Gary… You’re so transparent. You’re really pushing this after the Blacks-v.-Gays fourberie has already been exposed all over the world? Either you’re not very smart, or you are very smart, and know exactly what kind of idiots buy into this garbage.
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Chris Bain is a wounded Iraq vet. Almost every time he puts keyboard to screen, he’s reminding you he’s a wounded Iraq vet. He’s a vet. An Iraq vet. A wounded Iraq vet. Yes, that’s important and all, but we’ve never known any vet in real life who seemed so compelled to remind you he’s a wounded vet. With every vet we know, the last thing they want to talk about is what happened over there. (more…)
Charged: Thomas George “Tom” Biatek, pastor, United Methodist Church of Albert Lea, Minnesota, with fourth-degree drunk driving after allegedly plowing his car through the front yard of his own church and then hitting a traffic sign. Story: Albert Lea Tribune, July 10, 2012
Charged: Peyton Early Bostwick, 51, assistant pastor and adult Sunday school teacher (possibly at Worldwide Christian Church of Rockmart and/or New Beginnings Apostolic Church), Rockmart, Georgia, and “perfessional” landscape designer who hosts a weekly radio show on WGAA 1340 AM; with felony child molestation, aggravated child molestation, first-degree cruelty to children, aggravated sodomy, aggravated sexual battery and enticing a child for indecent purposes, according to Polk County authorities. (more…)
“He ridiculed Gov. Rick Perry for Texas’ policy of allowing in-state tuition for undocumented college students there. And he steadfastly supported Arizona’s fight against the federal lawsuit to overturn its immigration law, which sought to impose police state restrictions on undocumented immigrants. He said, ‘The right course for America is to drop these lawsuits against Arizona and other states that are trying to do the job Barack Obama isn’t doing. And I will drop those lawsuits on day one.’ (more…)
— Russell King
“Exposing the Deep Swamp of Republican Hypocrisy — How a Party Alienated the Nation”
AlterNet, March 31, 2010