News Round-Up: May 21, 2021

Brody became fascinated with seeing himself on TV
Brody became fascinated with seeing himself on TV
The one and only Brody

Some news items you might have missed:

TheOUTfront: My pup Brody (above) is famous! The Brody-o makes an appearance in TOF’s post on the upcoming Broadway Barks event this Sunday! #AdoptDontShop #RescueDogs

Pink News: Andy Cohen says there have been ‘talks’ about a gay Real Housewives franchise for Bravo.

Right Wing Watch: Right-wing pastor Andrew Wommack recently announced that homosexuality is “three times worse than smoking.” In his view, gays should have a label across their forehead, ‘This can be hazardous to your health.’ #Assholery #homophobes

LGBTQ Nation: Out Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg reversed a Trump administration policy this week, allowing for more federal dollars spent on public works projects to go to minority and disadvantaged workers. “As we invest in world-class infrastructure for Americans, we want to make sure that our investments create jobs for people in the communities where the projects are located.”

The Daily Beast: Former New York City police officer and current Queens GOP district leader Philip Grillo admitted to the FBI that he breached the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection pro-Trump—but said he “was drunk at the time.” The FBI says he was turned in by two childhood friends.

JoeMyGod: The hate group that hired accused sexual molester Josh Duggar now wants Lego cancelled for celebrating Pride Month with its first rainbow Lego set. “The Left is tearing down mainstream values — brick by brick! Lego, the latest company to pander to the woke, just decided to test the waters with a rainbow set of “LGBTQIA+” figures.”

Josh Duggar Indicted On Child Pornography Charges

Josh Duggar has been indicted on charges of receipt and possession of child pornography
Josh Duggar (mugshot via Washington County Sheriff’s Office)

Just when I thought I’d never see Josh Duggar’s name again.

From NBC Washington:

Josh Duggar, the former reality TV star from TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting,” has been charged by indictment in Arkansas for receipt and possession of child pornography.

A release from the United States Attorney’s Office of the Western District of Arkansas stated Duggar “allegedly used the internet to download child sexual abuse material.”

“One stipulation Judge Wiedermann requested is for Duggar to have a third-party custodian should he be released on bond,” KNWA, a local news broadcaster in Northwest Arkansas, reported. “Also, the residence where he would stay must be devoid of minor children.”

If convicted, Duggar faces up to 20 years of imprisonment and fines up to $250,000 on each count.

Note: Josh Duggar and his wife, Anna, have six children and are currently expecting their seventh.

“19 Kids and Counting” was cancelled in 2015 amid the revelations that Josh had molested four of his sisters and a babysitter.

Duggar issued a public statement at the time apologizing, but he wasn’t done yet.

A year later internet sleuths discovered he had an Ashley Madison account where folks apparently hook up for sex while cheating on their spouses.

And this was all while he espoused holier-than-thou Christian platitudes.

Top 10 Scandals & Controversies Of 2015

End of the year means all those “Top 10” lists. I love “Top 10” Lists.

CNN shares this look back at the scandals and controversies of 2015.

Included on the list this year are “most hated man in America,” Martin Shkeli (who jacked the price of an HIV drug by 5000%) and Josh “Sanctity of Marriage” Duggar.

News Round-Up: November 18, 2015

Some news stories you may have missed:

• One of the few magazines I actually read – DETAILS – will cease publication after December.

• Porn star Danica Dillon is suing staunch defender of the sanctity of marriage, Josh Duggar, for “rough sex” during an “appointment” that she says bordered on rape.

• Now that The Donald got to host SNL, other GOP White House hopefuls are demanding equal time under Federal Communications Commission (FCC) laws. But will we laugh at them as much…?

• Muslim activist Saba Ahmed shuts Fox News host Megyn Kelly: “Megyn, we go to the mosque to pray.”

• Caitlyn Jenner says she still plans to vote Republican despite the GOP’s terrible positions on transgender folks.

• Sen. Ted Cruz gets very touchy when someone (namely the President) hits back.

Josh Duggar Enters Rehab After News Of Porn Star Hookup

In Touch Weekly reports that Josh Duggar is entering rehab for addiction. According to the In Touch source, Duggar’s primary issue is sex addiction.

Shortly after In Touch broke the news, his family posted the following message on their website:

“We are so thankful for the outpouring of love, care and prayers for our family during this most difficult situation with Josh.

“As parents we are so deeply grieved by our son’s decisions and actions. His wrong choices have deeply hurt his precious wife and children and have negatively affected so many others. He has also brought great insult to the values and faith we hold dear.

“Yesterday Josh checked himself into a long-term treatment center. For him it will be a long journey toward wholeness and recovery. We pray that in this he comes to complete repentance and sincere change.

“In the meantime, we will be offering our love, care and devoted support to Anna and our grandchildren as she also receives counsel and help for her own heart and future. During this time we continue to look to God—He is our rock and comfort.

“We ask for your continued prayers for our entire family.”

Porn Star Danica Dillon Says She Had “Terrifyingly Rough” Sex With Josh Duggar – Twice

The hits just keep on coming for Josh “Sanctity of Marriage” Duggar, as In Touch Weekly drops the latest news about the former 19 Kids and Counting star.

A porn star named Danica Dillon has come forward with details about two sexual encounters Josh Duggar had with her. Apparently, the two occasions occurred when Josh’s wife, Anna, was pregnant with their fourth child.

From In Touch Weekly:

Danica — who passed a polygraph test conducted for In Touch by a top certified polygrapher on Aug. 24 — details her two sexual encounters with Josh in the new issue of +In Touch+, on newsstands now. The first occurred after Josh approached her at the Gold Club in Philadelphia, where she was performing, in mid-March and the second only a month later when Danica was performing at Creekside Cabaret in Colmar, Pa.

“He walked into the Gold Club like a normal patron and said he’d been a fan for a long time and has watched my career grow — he even said from before my boob job until recently — and that he loved watching my very first scene on [an adult website],” she tells In Touch. “Then it got creepy.”

After watching her show and “eyeballing me,” Danica says he bought $600 in private dances and then “asked me how would he be able to spend the evening with me.” She reveals to In Touch that Josh was violent with her when they had sex, he did not use protection and gave her thousands of dollars after their encounters.

Danica admits she “took the opportunity because Josh offered to gift [her] $1,500.” But soon after Josh arrived at her hotel room, things got rough.

“He was manhandling me, basically tossing me around like I was a rag doll,” Danica, whose real name is Ashley Lewis, and although the sex was consensual, “It was very traumatic. I’ve had rough sex before, but this was terrifying.”

Josh, identified as one of the cheating spouses in the Ashley Madison hack, confirmed in a statement that he was unfaithful and had a pornography addiction: “I have been the biggest hypocrite ever. While espousing faith and family values, I have secretly over the last several years been viewing pornography on the Internet and this became a secret addiction and I became unfaithful to my wife.”

“I think that after I come out, there will probably be plenty more girls after me,” Danica tells In Touch. “I actually really hope that his wife leaves him and takes his children away from him and leaves him a lonely, bitter man. I don’t think he deserves happiness.”

Josh Duggar’s Brother-In-Law Wants His Sister Out Of Marriage With “That Pig”

A new week, a new bit of scandal for the Duggar clan.

Word is that Josh Duggar’s brother-inlaw, Daniel Keller, is over the fast and furious debacles constantly spiraling in the news (Ashley Madison accounts, hidden Facebook pages)  and wants his sister out of her marriage with – as Keller refers to Josh – “that pig.”

While Anna says she’s not going anywhere, her brother took to Facebook over the weekend to make clear his position.

Via Raw Story:

On Sunday, Jessa Duggar Seewald, Josh’s sister, posted a verse from the Christian Bible’s Gospel of John to Facebook, which read, in part, “But if we walk in the light as he is in the light, and we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”

“If we confess our sins,” it said, “he is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

In the comments, Keller wrote, “You have to confess and forsake your sin to have mercy. Not sin confess and repeat.”

“Think for a min about the victims,” said Keller in response to a comment left on his post. “Tell me how you would feel if someone cheated on your sister and brought so much disgrace to you and ur family.”

Elsewhere, he wrote, “Confessing and getting caught are two different things. You want to know what happens when you cover ur sin maybe you should go read ur bible instead of beating people over the head with it.”

Thinking about the way his sister has been wronged by Josh Duggar, Keller said, makes him “sick”.

“I have told her I would pay for her to move out here w me and pay for her kidz. I don’t think josh will see that this is a big deal and be truly broken till that happens,” he said.

“I told her I would go get her and her children stay w me. She said she’s staying where she’s at. But I won’t stop trying to get that pig out of our family,” Keller concluded. “I tell you who I don’t give a s— about is that pig she calls her husband.”

Dan Savage: Josh Duggar’s Hypocritical Past Makes Him Legitimate Target For Outing

Josh Duggar

LGBT activist and sex columnist Dan Savage says that newly outed porn addict Josh Duggar is definitely a legitimate target for outing considering the harm he’s caused through his anti-gay campaigns.

Outing someone for their private sexual conduct—even if everyone agrees that it’s wrong—is a brutal tactic that should be reserved for brutes. Who’s a legitimate target for outing? I’ll let Barney Frank explain: “There’s a right to privacy,” Frank said on Real Time. “But the right to privacy should not be a right to hypocrisy. People who want to demonize other people shouldn’t then be able to go home and close the door, and do it themselves.”

To which I would add: People who accuse others of trying to destroy their marriages, fundamentalists who who quite literally demonize other people, and who then go back to their apartments in Washington, DC, and cheat on their spouses are political hypocrites and legitimate targets for outing. People like this guy…

Savage also joined Chris Hayes last night to discuss the recent Duggar developments.