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Update: The Brainwashing of Republicans


UPDATE: 17 july…

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Following my recent post regarding C Street, we now know of another Republican resident of C Street caught with his pants down.

The wife of former Congressman Chip Pickering has filed a lawsuit against his286270businessman-caught-with-his-pants-down-posters1 mistress, one  Elizabeth Creekmore Byrd, a member of the wealthy family that owns Cellular South. Pickering is now employed as a lobbyist for the company.

Pickering’s wife, in her lawsuit, states that her husband and Byrd began having an affair while he was living at C Street, the subject of several of my blog posts on here.

I have to ask the question: While the Fellowship was brainwashing Republicans to vote and toe the fundamentalist Christian line, was it also providing a safe haven in Washington, DC, for the same politicians to carry out their affairs in secrecy at C Street?

Drugs? Alcohol? Wanton women? I swear…the C Street residence is quite the Animal House, isn’t it?

One final word: Pickering “cast himself as a defender of decency, particularly on television and the Internet, and was among House members urging then-President George W. Bush to declare 2008 “the National Year of the Bible.”

The Brainwashing of Republicans, Part II


My story about The Brainwashing of Republicans has certainly become a blogosphere hit, and today we have more on The Family and C Street, a residential home for Republicans Gone Bad.

As meager details of The Family, the C Street residence housing wayward politicians, and the comments (or lack of comments) from the residents of C Street and/or past residents of this half-way house come to light, Ms. Maddow has come under fire for her reporting:

Which leads me to Zach Wamp, the Republican from Tennessee who’s been recently brought into the topic of C Street, by admitting the residents there have entered into a “secret pact” to not discuss their life in the compound.

I have to ask this question: Why has Wamp lived at C Street for twelve years? If C Street is the home for helping Republicans, what in the world did Wamp do two years after his arrival on The Hill to to be sent to live at C Street?

In a recent interview (funny how Wamp’s giving out all these interviews, but not actually saying anything), he states:

“In the state of Tennessee, if you are an elected official and you are involved in a Christian fellowship, it ain’t gonna hurt you,” he said. “There ain’t nobody perfect.”

Um. Congressman Wamp? You’re not involved in a Christian fellowship! You’re lock, stock, and barrel an integral part of this “operation” and have been for twelve years? Why? What kind of “spiritual guidance” have you needed for twelve years?

Here’s the scoop on Congressman Wamp. A Gingrich Conservative swept into office since 1994, he’s one of the original gang who swore to term limits, thenzach reneged on that promise (although he’s running for Governor in Tennessee in 2010). In the news article quoted, Wamp was living in a “small apartment” in the DC area.

He’s also a cocaine addict,  supposedly beating the habit in 1984 and subsequently found Jesus. Does this have anything to do with the reason he’s been a resident at C Street since 1997?

Is the man so weak he has to be locked up when he’s not working?

How about Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas? Why is he living at C Street?

Or Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma? The same guy who is discussed here?

Even Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, who believes that doctors who perform abortions should be executed and lesbianism is rampantly “afflicting” grammar school girls, “allegedly” counseled Ensign on how to cover up his prolonged and unrepentant sexual dalliance that was virtually incestuous. Coburn too, is a member and resident of “The Family” home, which is religiously incorporated, near Capitol Hill.

The Brainwashing of Republicans?


I’ve decided to pretty much stay out of the hoopla surrounding the escapades of Senator John Ensign and South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, passing it off as just another example of the hypocrisy involved when a group of people tell others what to do or not do in their bedroom.

Of course, most times it’s Republicans doing the telling and citing the word of God in the purest fundamentalist Christian sense when they do.

Then, when caught with their britches down and their gavels hanging out, once again it’s God in the purest fundamentalist Christian sense who gets the credit for showing them the error of their ways. And we’re all supposed to forgive and forget.

After the comedy tour known as The Return of the Wasilla Hillbillies (more – lots more – on that coming in future posts), nothing really surprises me anymore.

Except for this. TPM has found a connection between Ensign, Sanford, and other political bed-hoppers-while-praying-to-The Almighty in the form of a halfway house hidden away in the hallowed streets of Washington, DC.

Both Ensign and Sanford have mentioned something called “C Street” whilst expressing their extramarital mea culpas to the waiting ears of their Republican brothers (and, of course, God in the purest fundamentalist Christian sense).  Why didn’t we think of this before? Who better to counsel and confer with these miscreants than their very own Scientology-style cult designed to wash them of their sins?

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Courtesy of The Washington Post

From The Washington Post:

On any given day, the rowhouse at 133 C St. SE — well appointed, with American flag flying, white-and-green-trimmed windows and a pleasant garden — fills with talk of power and the Lord. At least five congressmen live there, quietly renting upstairs rooms from an organization affiliated with “the Fellowship,” the obsessively secretive Arlington spiritual group that organizes the National Day of Prayer breakfast, an event routinely attended by legions of top government officials. Other politicians come to the house for group spirituality sessions, prayer meetings or to simply share their troubles.

It seems like  “The Family”, apparently another name for the super-secret Scientology-style  “The Fellowship” which runs C Street, which, according to author Jeff Sharlet, has been around for a while, reminding wayward Republican politicians they have strayed from the path.

And shaping right-wing conservative neocon policy along the way?

What’s Up With Blacks and Hispanics?


I don’t get it. Blacks in this country have been discriminated against for centuries. They have been denied the right of possession, the right to vote, and above all: the right to be equal.

Hispanics in this country have been considered a secondary class by the white majority. They have been denied the right to citizenship, the right to health care, and above all: the right to be equal.

So why in the world are Blacks and Hispanics opposing gay marriage? One with intelligence and compassion within their psyche would think, at the minimum, anyone who has faced a history of prejudice in this country would think twice before opposing the same civil rights they were denied in their recent history.

Is it religion? Are the God of the black man and the God of the hispanic man telling them to do this?

Is it fear? Does the Black man and the Hispanic man fear the homosexual? Are they afraid their child might be gay? Are they afraid their child might want to marry someone of the same sex?

Is it ignorance? Do the Black man and the Hispanic man think that the rights they fought so long for will be negated?

I would like to remind my Black and Hispanic friends of this one point. For decades the strongest supporters of your concerted efforts to secure equality were the gay man and woman. In the early days of the civil rights movement, gay men and women marched alongside black men and women. In the early days of the fight for recognition by Hispanics, the gay man and woman protested in the streets and fields with you. And still do.

Today, in the State of New York, two rogue Hispanic legislators broke ranks with the Democratic leadership of their Legislature. Why? To defeat an upcoming measure allowing gay marriage in the state.

Why?