Oh, my – part 7

Eric Greitens (r) [2016 file photo].

A statement this evening via Facebook from Governor Eric Greitens (r):

Eric Greitens
Before I was elected Governor, I made a mistake. It was a personal mistake, and I am sorry. I am sorry for the pain it caused to everyone impacted, including Sheena, our boys, our families, our friends, and people who have relied on me. I took responsibility with my family back when this happened, asked for God’s forgiveness and Sheena’s, and Sheena and I dealt with this together, privately. I was, and today I still am, grateful for her forgiveness and love.
Much has now been written about this, and many of the assertions made have not been truthful and have proven extremely hurtful to Sheena, as well as to me. For us, the allegations that go so far beyond the facts have made this much more difficult. I made a mistake, I regret it, and Sheena and I have dealt with it between us. For us, that is where this story starts, and that is where this story ends. We again ask for privacy for everyone involved.
Then and now, we are focused on moving forward. I ask for your forgiveness and hope you can find it in your heart to do so. I assure you that this personal mistake will not deter us from the mission we were sent here to do. We have been, and we will, continue to work for and to fight for the people of Missouri. We will take our state in a new and better direction. There is still much work to be done, and we are back to work for the people of Missouri.

Some of the comments:

Just curious how your God is so forgiving of an affair, but not so much an unwanted pregnancy. If your sexual relationship with your hair dresser would have resulted in a pregnancy, would you have encouraged her to consider abortion?

No one is perfect except Jesus Christ. Thanks Eric for telling the truth. Don’t worry about what other are saying talk is cheep. Just remember Jesus said if any man claim he is not a sinner than that man is a lier unworthy of trust! You have don nothing wrong in Gods eyes!

There are a lot of comments in this particular vein. Think about that for a moment. And a lot about not throwing stones.

The difference between Eric and Hillary is he takes responsibility and didn’t try to cover it up for even a second.

And that’s why everyone knew about this three years ago, you know, before the family values election platform?

It is really interesting how transgressions are looked upon and treated depending on what’s in a persons heart. It was all out condemnation for Senator Franken for just touching someone, while a comedian and before he was elected to a political office. Yet, many of the comments and commenters on this blog want to use the “Bible” as justification for Greitens sins. The good old “family Christian values” are in play. How sanctimonious! Not only did he cheat, but he cheated with a married woman. His wife may play the forgiving “spouse” paraded out for the public to see, but where was she and what consideration did he exercise when he made the decision to cheat? I surely bet that that discussion did not occur. With his flawed values and his not being able to keep his vows to his wife and family, it deeply bothers me that he can keep his oath to protect and act in the best interest of Missourians. I say, he should go!

Interestingly, that’s not the opinion in a number of comments.

Resign

He made a mistake. Get off his back.

Uh.

The problem governor, is that you campaigned as a moral family man. You lied to the citizens of the state of MO. I hope no tax dollars are used in your defense and if there is any cost you pay out of your own pocket.

In response to the large number of “let he who is without sin” responses:

These responses are depressing

Isn’t that the truth? Most people don’t seem to care that the person who ran on family values had just lied to and cheated on his wife! SMH

There is that.

Disgrace

sorry that your wife and children have to pay the price for your mistakes but you need to resign!!

Shows you are human. No apologies needed. I do not feel it has affected the way you govern our State. Keep up the GREAT work!

And in direct response to that:

I so agree. I’m so tired of people getting fired because they have cheated on their spouse. I mean really?? Not very many men don’t cheat. As long as you conduct business with the head on your shoulders not the one below then I have no issue with it

I can’t tell if that was sarcasm.

Whatever moral ground conservatives claim to have has been gone for some time. This just adds to the list.

Resign! You’re dishonest and deceitful! Missouri cannot and will not trust you!

By reading some of the comments I truly understand why some of these people don’t understand about forgiveness, first of all they probably don’t know the Lord as there personal savior and second they don’t know the word of God. I’ve heard a lot of people know alot about a God but they truly do not believe in God . If they did such foolishness and hate would not come out of their hearts. God forgives out of a true repentance heart and your family so don’t worry about everybody else’s broken heart ,shame on them they have to answer to God one day also love you in the Lord Brother keep serving him being faithful none of us will be perfect till we join Jesus in heaven one day.

Should someone tell them?

Resign do us all a favor!!

Waiting for the other shoe(s) to drop.

You’re a complete dipshit, please disappear.

suuuuuure!!

Just glad your presidential dreams are done. Now patiently waiting until you are forced to resign.

I’m gonna go out on a limb here and guess that this is just one of many scandals to come.

I think it’s time for that old time religion Greitens loves so much.

Leviticus 20:10

And the man that committeth adultery with another man’s wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.And the man that committeth adultery with another man’s wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death

[face in palms] They went there.

And in response:

This under law of old testament. After crucifixion of Jesus all can pray to him for forgiveness and it Will be granted if truly repentant

Should someone tell them?

How many of you people telling him to resign are liberals and Democrats?

Well, at this point five republicans in the General Assembly are telling Eric Greitens he needs to resign.

This has nothing to do with forgiveness. This has everything to do with trust. I can’t trust you or your version of events. Not before these revelations and even less so now. Forgiveness is a gift. Trust is earned.

Why are you apologizing to the left. Get out your machine gun and start blasting them

Uh.

Hurtful? Like a paddle? Or a whip? Maybe some handcuffs? I don’t know Gov. what’s your kink? How does your faith justify the lies you continue to tell? I’m honestly just curious.

I’m willing to bet that’s intentional sarcasm.

I would guess people who have been involved in affairs are quick to hit “like”. Not sure they would be so quick if they were the one betrayed. He ran on a platform of family values, his religion and being ” better” than his peers. It’s easy to lie to and disrespect strangers (voters) than people you profess to love. That’s the issue, not his marriage.

You are no longer a private person, Mr. Greitens. Get over it.
Now, about that state wide tour……

Resign!

Super glad to see all these people who are fine with him breaking his marriage oath to his wife who are super certain that his oath of office to us is sacred enough for him to uphold. Predictable.

This.

Leave office now.

Very disappointing

You are not forgiven. You’re a hypocrite and another slimy politician. Fine that Sheena forgave you, of course she would. She’s hitched her future to your megalomaniac ways. Oh, and how cute that you think god forgave you. Dude, you broke one of the big ten! #OneTermGreitens

Not holding anything back there.

Oh please! What a double standard! If this had been any Democrat the torches and pitchforks would have been out long ago! Guy is not even a politician but bought and paid for by Koch brus. Resign

Big words from a man whom ran for office as a “family man”

I dont know why people have to dig up personnel matters. If it were a murder or something along those lines I could maybe see bringing it up but in this case I have no problem at all we all make mistakes!!!

“…I could maybe see bringing it up…” This has got to be trolling.

There are over 2000 responses.

Previously:

Oh, my. (January 11, 2018)

Oh, my – part 2 (January 11, 2018)

Oh, my – part 3 (January 11, 2018)

אַ שאַנדע פֿאַר די גוים and *IOKIYAR (January 11, 2018)

Oh, my – part 4 (January 11, 2018)

Oh, my – part 5 (January 11, 2018)

Oh, my – part 6 (January 12, 2018)

Sen. Denny Hoskins (r): not exactly a ringing endorsement (January 12, 2018)

Gov. Eric Greitens (r): piping (January 16, 2018)

Gov. Eric Greitens (r) – January 2018 Quarterly Campaign Finance Report

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Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission for Eric Greitens’ 2020 gubernatorial campaign:

C151053: Greitens For Missouri
Committee Type: Candidate
Party Affiliation: Republican
Po Box 144
Jefferson City Mo 65102
Established Date: 02/24/2015
[….]
Information Reported On: 2018 – January Quarterly Report
Beginning Money on Hand $2,374,238.57
Monetary Receipts + $629,695.04
Monetary Expenditures – $195,410.66
Contributions Made – $0.00
Other Disbursements – $33,939.17
Subtotal $400,345.21
Ending Money On Hand $2,774,583.78

[emphasis added]

That’s a lot of money on hand.

The April quarterly campaign finance report should be interesting.

Gov. Eric Greitens (r): piping

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Piping in Embankment Dams

Soils can be eroded by flowing water. Erosion can occur underground if there are cavities, cracks in rock, or other openings large enough so that soil particles can be washed into them and transported away by seeping water. Then this type of underground erosion progresses and creates an open path for flow, it is called “piping.” Preventing piping is a prime consideration in the design of safe dams.

There appear to be a few cracks in the dam.

Eric Greitens (r) [2016 file photo].

In today’s Kansas City Star:

Three GOP lawmakers call on Gov. Greitens to resign amid blackmail allegations
By Bryan Lowry And Jason Hancock
January 16, 2018 01:13 PM

At least three Republican lawmakers are calling for Gov. Eric Greitens to resign after allegations that he blackmailed a woman in an effort to keep her quiet about an extramarital affair….

Should have paid more attention to that infrastructure, eh?

Previously:

Oh, my. (January 11, 2018)

Oh, my – part 2 (January 11, 2018)

Oh, my – part 3 (January 11, 2018)

אַ שאַנדע פֿאַר די גוים and *IOKIYAR (January 11, 2018)

Oh, my – part 4 (January 11, 2018)

Oh, my – part 5 (January 11, 2018)

Oh, my – part 6 (January 12, 2018)

Sen. Denny Hoskins (r): not exactly a ringing endorsement (January 12, 2018)

Ann Wagner, you can’t honor MLK with the same lips that praise Donald Trump

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Gotta hand it to Rep. Ann Wagner (R-2). She’s making a serious effort at cultivating the two-faced look (and, no, I’m not talking about her Afghan-hound hairstyle). Today is Martin Luther King Day. On this day many Americans honor one of the leaders who helped crush the American apartheid that prevailed for almost a hundred years after the end of slavery – and who gave his life for it. King, one of the most profound of American thinkers and orators, would now be 89 years old had the remaining years of his life not been stolen from him at the age of 39 by racist America.

Wagner is making it clear that she wants in on the MLK party – which is to say, she doesn’t want to be tarred with the brush of GOP racism. Her official Website refers us to Facebook and Twitter posts encouraging us to read some of MLK’s “writings” available on the King Center Website, a seemingly reverent nod in the right direction. Enough to let us know that she’ll put in an appearance at the party without staying long enough to overmuch alarm the basest part of the GOP base.

But if Wagner wants in on this party, she’s failed to pay the price of admission. On those same Twitter and Facebook accounts there’s not a word about the most recent obscene, racist ramblings of the president she has enthusiastically supported. In fact, she has described the experience of working with him as “amazing,” and has emphasized her close relationship and identification with him:

Wagner was quick to speak to the commonalities between her and the President, and she also complimented him on what she sees as the president’s best attributes in office. “I’ve seen the strength and the leadership that he brings to the table and a negotiation skill that really puts him in the center of things.” Wagner said. “He wants to be an agent for change, he is a disrupter… We’ve really gotten along well, he and his entire team”

Nevertheless, Wagner has tried to keep her feet out of Trump’s overtly racist mud – and, in so doing, has put herself into a bad spot. As she herself proclaimed after Trump’s infamous Charlottesville equivocation, “leaders must call out Neo-Nazis, white supremacists and fascists by name.”

So, Annie, we’re waiting for you to call out this particular white supremacist – and arguably, fascist – by name.” And we know you know his name. Unless, that is you and he have more “commonalities” than you want us to know about. Which is is?

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): “where you stand”

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This morning, via Twitter, from Representative Vicky Hartzler (r):

Rep. Vicky Hartzler‏ @RepHartzler
Today, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we recognize the groundbreaking change Martin Luther King Jr. brought about as a Christian minister and a civil rights activist. His dream lives on today. #MLKDay
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8:00 AM – 15 Jan 2018

Some of the responses:

Good. Now would be a good day to support Rep. Love’s condemnation of Trump’s comments last week.

Did Donald Trump say something offensive last week? That’s interesting. We didn’t hear anything in response from Representative Hartzler (r), did we?

Tell trump

They do appear to be close.

Your party betrays everything he stood for.

Thank you for using this particular quote of Dr. King’s. I have to ask, then, why you have chosen to NOT speak out against the racist acts of the President, but rather continue to remain silent? Hypocrisy.

Your voting record and political party begs to differ

Too bad it is still a dream due to bigots like you!

Please Dr King would be appalled with the racist bigots in the Whitehouse and Republican party. #VoteoutVicky #TrumpIsRacist #ShitholePresident

So stand up then Vicky. Stand up against the divide your President & your Party are fostering between all Americans. Stand up for all of us: poor, wealthy, black, brown, indigenous, white, healthy, sick, working, disabled, gay, straight, trans. We are all one nation, under God.

Better ask Donald Trump (r) about that last one.

Campaign Finance: when in Rome…

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Thursday at the Missouri Ethics Commission:

C171334 01/11/2018 MOVE Ballot Fund Open Society Policy Center 1730 Pennsylvania Ave. NW 7th Floor Washington DC 20006 1/9/2018 $300,000.00

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Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission for the initiative on redistricting, ethics, lobbying, and campaign finance reform in Missouri:

C161298 01/13/2018 CLEAN Missouri MOVE Ballot Fund 2725 Clifton St Louis MO 63139 1/12/2018 $250,000.00

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Well, okay.

Sen. Denny Hoskins (r): not exactly a ringing endorsement

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Denny Hoskins (r) [2017 file photo].

This afternoon, from Senator Denny Hoskins (r):

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…I want to directly address the allegations made against the governor on the evening of Wednesday, January 10, after the State of the State address. I’m still processing the details that came out in the media Wednesday evening about an affair the governor had in 2015 and possible blackmail allegations. I personally spoke with the governor on Thursday morning and he vehemently denied the allegations of blackmail. I take the allegations against the governor very seriously and I trust law enforcement will conduct a thorough investigation if they believe one is warranted based on the facts presented. I will continue to listen to the facts and give thoughtful consideration before making any judgements.
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That was rather subdued.

“…he vehemently denied the allegations of blackmail…”

Anything else? Just asking.

Previously:

Oh, my. (January 11, 2018)

Oh, my – part 2 (January 11, 2018)

Oh, my – part 3 (January 11, 2018)

אַ שאַנדע פֿאַר די גוים and *IOKIYAR (January 11, 2018)

Oh, my – part 4 (January 11, 2018)

Oh, my – part 5 (January 11, 2018)

Oh, my – part 6 (January 12, 2017)

Observations about our racist President’s potty-mouth outburst

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Plenty of folks have already pointed out that President Racist Moron’s labeling of poor countries populated with mostly brown people as “sh**thole countries” only serves to undeniably confirm the racism he has never really troubled to hide. But there’s more than just the racism that we all already knew about at play here. There’s rank stupidity as well. And I don’t just mean the type of stupidity that allows Trump blurt out any ugly, id-driven morsel of thought that manages to make it to his forebrain and out his mouth – we’re used to that as well. There’s the follow-up to the “sh**hole” statement wherein the President asks why we don’t bring in immigrants from Norway instead. Yeah! As if.

Evidently no one told him Norwegians have got lots more going for them than being white (and there’s no doubt that the Racist-in-Chief thinks that’s the big thing). As Paul Thornton notes in the Los Angeles Times:

Trump reportedly wanted to know why Norway doesn’t send more of its people to the United States, evidently unaware that his (accurate) opinion of that country as better than a dump pretty much answers the question he asked: The Scandinavian social democracy, as its two linguistically similar neighbors do, has a higher per-capita GDP, life expectancy and, for what it’s worth, “happiness” rating than the United States. It also has universal healthcare, a ridiculously large sovereign wealth fund and top-notch infrastructure.

Actually, there are plenty of Americans who might like to think about immigrating to one or the other of the Scandinavian countries as Trump and his GOP enablers continue their effort to disassemble decades of social progress in this country. As Thornton observes, “in fact, the Norwegian Americans I know often share stories of Googling citizenship requirements — hoping there’s some kind of loophole for the grandchildren or even great-grandchildren of emigrants — when they return to the States after a visit to the Old Country.”

After spending some time in Sweden in the eighties, I had much the same response. And times were better here then than now under the demonstrably non compos mentis Trump and the Koch/crony controlled GOP Congress. (And, no, Muslim immigrants are not inciting the type of wholesale chaos in Scandinavia that has been claimed by Trump and the Breitbart crowd.)

Trump wants Norwegians in the U.S.? Try taking back his tax cut for the rich, increase minimum wage, institute a single-payer healthcare system, invest “bigly” in infrastructure and education, restore regulations that protect the environment, road safety, public lands – and while he’s at it, he could throw out the various crooks and corporate shills he’s installed in his cabinet and put in charge of agencies that are supposed to work for the public welfare, not the corporate donors who are rewriting the rules to benefit themselves.

Maybe he could import some Norwegians to help the process along. They, after all, know how it’s done.

 

Oh, my – part 6

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This morning from Roy Temple (D), via Facebook:

Roy Temple

Friends,

As some of you may have seen, Governor Eric Greitens has chosen to attack me via his attorney and suggest that I am somehow responsible for the predicament he currently finds himself in. Those are the actions of a pitiful man. As I said on Twitter last night, if he is looking for the source of his problems, he should start with a mirror.

He has made his choices and must now live with the consequences of those choices – all of them. He doesn’t get to pick and choose.

For his benefit, I hope that his attorneys are better lawyers than they are political analysts. If the information about the Governor’s infidelities was going to be used for maximum political impact, the time to use it would have been before the 2016 election. I had all of the information to do so then but didn’t. So there would have been no reason for me to choose to do so now.

I was aware of all that has come out to this point about the Governor (and more) prior to the election, but I knew that information because I had made a commitment to someone that if they told me the details I would not make them public without their permission. They didn’t grant that permission, so I didn’t go any further with it.
With that said, the basic fact of a Greitens affair was fairly widely known. This story is coming to light because of a welcome shift in the terms of how these matters are being discussed publicly, not because of me or the fact that I happen to be a Democrat.

Governor Greitens’ actions devastated the lives of real people and families. They deserved better than the treatment they have received from him.

Some may question the choices I have made in this matter. I can only say that I have tried to make the best choice available to me at the time that I was making it. I don’t believe the same can be said for the Governor.
As I mentioned on Twitter last night, I once asked Governor Carnahan how he tolerated some of the harsh criticism he received. He matter of factly said, “I don’t respect them enough to let their opinion bother me.” That perfectly captures my view of Greitens’ attacks on me.

I will wear the disdain of a man I hold in such low regard as a badge of honor. And I will wear it proudly.

Previously:

Oh, my. (January 11, 2018)

Oh, my – part 2 (January 11, 2018)

Oh, my – part 3 (January 11, 2018)

אַ שאַנדע פֿאַר די גוים and *IOKIYAR (January 11, 2018)

Oh, my – part 4 (January 11, 2018)

Oh, my – part 5 (January 11, 2018)